Sandy counseling program extended with $39 million grant

Hurricane Sandy Bears Down On U.S. Mid-Atlantic Coastline

A crisis counseling program for Hurricane Sandy survivors that had been set to expire in the fall has been granted new life with $39 million in federal money.

The program, Project Hope, has already offered counseling and other services to 170,000 people affected by the storm.

“The damage to New York was not only the devastation left behind but also the emotional and mental health toll it took on many individuals,” Gov. Cuomo told the Daily News on Thursday.

Project Hope was created by the New York State Office of Mental Health. It offers free, confidential services to people in New York City as well as Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. According to its Web site, counselors visit affected communities to work with survivors one-on-one as well as in group settings.

Counselors can be reached at 1 (800) 543-3638.

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