The North Fork Coalition for Behavioral Health will hold a town hall forum on “Improving Access to Services for Families and Youth” on Thursday, Oct. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Southold Recreation Center, 970 Peconic Lane in Peconic.

The forum will be a chance for attendees to meet regional providers for treatment and prevention of mental health and substance use disorders and to collaborate with local school districts, town, county and state officials to advocate for better services for families and  individuals on the North Fork. 

There will also be a question and answer session with behavioral health professionals and resource tables.

The coalition’s goal is to improve access to services for families and youth on the North Fork. Local school district personnel, parents, town, county and state officials have been invited to this community forum to learn about the many regional services available for the treatment and prevention of mental health and substance use disorders.

The format will be five minute presentations by invited agencies on the services they offer to the youth of the North Fork. There will be the opportunity for questions and answers following the presentations and a resource fair area.

Light breakfast and refreshments will be served.

To register, contact Jennifer Rylott at  or by phone at 631.749.0302 X143 or Dr. Lisa Simonetti at or by phone at 631.765.5400.

Online registration is also available at

This program is being provided in partnership with Long Island Addiction Resource Center and the Family Service League.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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