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Harrison Youth Council Names Perry Savino Program Director

Perry Savino
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HARRISON, N.Y. – The Harrison Youth Council has appointed Perry Savino program director of the agency.

Savino has served as director and coordinator of various agencies involving substance abuse, mental illness, mental illness/chemical addiction issues, domestic violence, anger management and mediation. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras. He has considerable experience as a direct service clinician, clinical supervisor and program director in a variety of settings.

Savino, who began work in Harrsion on Aug. 24, brings a wealth of experience to the position. Most recently, he served as the Alpha School Director of Brightpoint Health-Help/PSI, as well as the clinical program coordinator for THRIVE, an HIV-prevention grant funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Savino provided overall direction to multiple programs, including substance abuse treatment, young adult peer mentoring and young-adult GED programs. As clinical program coordinator, he was responsible for overseeing primary prevention services and family/group counseling utilizing motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioral therapies.

In addition, he provided clinical supervision to social workers, outreach coordinator/workers, as well as community follow-up workers.

Savino is a licensed clinical social worker who received a bachelor's degree in social work from Southern Connecticut State College in 1978 and a master's in social work from Fordham University in 1981.

“We are delighted that an individual with such an substantial and diverse background has joined our agency. He will be an asset to our community,” said Nancy Cannella, board president.

Savino can be reached by email at, at the Harrison Youth Council’s office at 84 Calvert St., Harrison, or at 914-835-7500.

The Harrison Youth Council is dedicated to reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other harmful substances and behaviors by youths through prevention programs and family and youth counseling. The council also runs a youth employment agency, which assists teens in resume writing, interviewing skills and job readiness, and then matches the teen with available jobs with area residents and businesses.

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