The William H. Hannon Foundation has awarded a $20,000 donation to the Airport Marina Counseling Service in Westchester for the continuation of its Hannon Immediate Intervention Program.

Established in 1961, AMCS works to provide affordable, community-based mental health services and training for pre-licensed therapists. The clinic serves 350 to 400 people a week and charges fees on a sliding scale, based upon the person’s ability to pay.

The Hannon Immediate Intervention Program provides services to people who are in the midst of a crisis with the goal to help relieve or resolve the presenting symptoms and improve coping skills with a structured therapy program of about eight to 12 weeks of intervention. The program is currently being expanded for the treatment of related anxiety disorders and group sessions on current and emerging issues people face, especially for those caught in the economic downturn, according to AMCS.

“Our board of directors continues to be very pleased with the important work AMCS accomplishes and is happy to see that many people have been helped through the Hannon Immediate Intervention Program,” said Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead, president of the William H. Hannon Foundation.

Kathleen O’Leary Lefferman, AMCS—executive director, said of the donation, “We are very grateful to the William H. Hannon Foundation for its significant support of this critical offering of the clinic.

“William H. Hannon was a wonderful champion of our local community and his foundation continues this laudable tradition through its assistance with key community programs, such as the Hannon Immediate Intervention Program.”

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