Addiction Prevention and Support Advisory Panel

The Addiction Prevention and Support Advisory Panel is resuming in-person public attendance and in-person public portion comment at the panel meetings and public hearings held at the William H. Rogers Legislature Building. Speakers will be limited to 3 minutes. In accordance with county and state COVID-19 safety protocols, members of the public who wish to enter the building will undergo temperature checks. Visitors who are vaccinated against COVID-19 and who are willing to provide proof of vaccination, if requested, will not be required to wear a mask while inside the building. Those who are not vaccinated or who do not wish to disclose their vaccination status will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building. Inside the Rose Caracappa Auditorium, there will be designated seating areas for vaccinated and unvaccinated. Remote testimony options remain available. Those wishing to participate in the public portion of the meetings, may do so by registering at the link below. Those wishing to submit written comment may email

Fill out the online form to speak via Zoom at the upcoming meeting

2021 Meeting Dates
(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hauppauge Auditorium)

(Wednesday from
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Hauppauge Auditorium)

(Thursday from
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Riverhead Auditorium )

(Friday from
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Hauppauge Auditorium)

*The July 9th meeting of the Addiction Prevention and Support Advisory Panel has been postponed and will be rescheduled to September 17th at 2:00PM-4:00PM in the Rose Caracappa Auditorium of the William H. Rogers Building located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway Smithtown, NY 11787. An option to zoom into the meeting will also be available.

Report is due December 31st

Hauppauge Auditorium: William H. Rogers Legislature Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead Auditorium: Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, 300 Center Drive, Riverhead, NY 11901

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  • Legislator Sarah S. Anker, acting Advisory Panel Chair and designee of the Presiding Officer Robert Calarco of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Legislator Tom Donnelly, Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Legislator Kevin McCaffrey, Chair of the Education and Labor Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature
  • Deputy Presiding Officer Kara Hahn, as the designee of Sarah Anker, Chair of the Health Committee
  • Errol D. Toulon, Jr., Suffolk County Sheriff
  • Stuart Cameron, Acting Suffolk County Police Commissioner
  • Thomas Branco, acting Director of Suffolk County Department of Probation
  • Dr. Gregson Pigott, MD., Suffolk County Department of Health Services Commissioner
  • Dr. Odette Hall, MD., Chief Suffolk County Medical Examiner
  • Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, Ph.D., CEAP, SAP, President/CEO Family and Children’s Association (FCA)
  • Antonette Whyte-Etere, LCSW-R, CASAC, Regional Coordinator, NYS OASAS Long Island Regional Office
  • Cari Faith Besserman, MS, CRC, CASAC 2, acting Director of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services Division of Community Mental Hygiene
  • Tim Sini, Suffolk County District Attorney
  • Dr. Julie Lutz, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer for East Suffolk BOCES and panel representative for the Suffolk County Superintendent’s Association
  • Dr. Kristie Golden, Ph.D., LMHC, CRC, Associate Director of Operations for Neurosciences at Stony Brook University Hospital
  • Dr. Richard Rosenthal, MD., Stony Brook University Hospital Division of Psychiatry
  • Dr. David Cohen, LCSW, Director of Outpatient Addiction Services at Eastern Long Island Hospital
  • Steve Chassman, LCSW, CASAC, Executive Director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD)
  • Mary Silberstein, LCSW-R, CASAC, Chair of Suffolk County Communities of Solution
  • Anthony Rizzuto LMSW, CASAC, Executive Director & Founder of Families in Support of Treatment (FIST)
  • Patricia Ferrandino, LCSW, CASAC, Pass President of the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County and panel representative for Family Service League 
  • Janine Logan, Vice President of Communications and Population Health of the Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council (NSHC)
  • Pamela Mizzi, MS., CASAC, LMHC, Director of Prevention at the Long Island Prevention Resource Center
  • John Venza, LCSW-R, LMHC, Director of Outreach House
  • Steven Miller, representative from Hope House Ministries
  • Robert Woods, Executive Director of the North Shore Youth Council (NSYC)
  • Veronica Carrier, member of the general public appointed by the Suffolk County Legislature, CN Guidance and Counseling
  • Robert McConville, Former Commissioner, Selden Fire District representative for Fire Chief Council of Suffolk County


Resolution 1047-2021

Resolution 1194-2020