The Putnam County Youth Bureau receives funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and is responsible for administering four state funding streams.

These programs serve youth who are at risk of becoming involved or further involved in the juvenile justice or human services system. They specifically aim to divert youth from placement in out of home settings.


Pegasus Program – Pegasus is a free and confidential program for children ages 6 to 14 who have a parent or family member suffering from alcoholism or other drug dependency. Pegasus is an eight-week program held twice a year that offers information, support, and hope to children and families.

Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3 Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 808-1600 ext. 46126.
Stephanie Nocera, Program Coordinator


Putnam Family and Community Services: Offers a comprehensive youth assistance program with a focus on adolescent depression and youth suicide awareness. Coordinates the efforts of the County’s education, mental health, and youth services system in identifying and assisting youth.

1808 Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 225-2700
Arlene Seymour, Program Director


Youth Court Program – Youth Court is a peer court program established to reduce incidents of juvenile crime by serving as a community-based alternative to Family Court. Volunteer members throughout Putnam County participate in a 10-week training program that prepares them to serve in the roles of Judge, Defense Attorney, Prosecuting Attorney, Court Clerk, Bailiff, and Jury in actual cases of youth under 16 charged with a crime.

Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3 Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 808-1600 ext. 46122
Barbara Reitz, Program Coordinator and Kelly Rama, Assistant Coordinator, ext. 46124


These programs promote positive youth development for the youth population in general and/or specifically targeted groups. They include municipal youth services programs.

Youth Service:

Coordinated Youth and Family Services Project – Putnam County Youth Bureau: Provides a coordinated interagency approach to case planning and implementation. Case planning may include referrals to treatment and/or service providers with ongoing advocacy and comprehensive case planning based on individual family needs.

Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 808-1600, ext. 46120
Janeen Cunningham, Coordinator


Putnam County School-Based Prevention – Putnam Family and Community Services: Provides student assistance counseling in Putnam County high schools.

1808 Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 225-2700 x130


Youth Awards – Putnam County Youth Board: Annual dinner to recognize outstanding youth volunteers whose community service efforts benefit the residents of Putnam County.

Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 808-1600, ext. 46113
Christine Andrews, Coordinator


Youth Forum – Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Putnam County Youth Bureau: This is a one-day conference planned and run by high school students, for high school students.

Cornell Cooperative Extension, Geneva Road, Brewster, New York 10509
(845) 278-6738
Dena Altavilla, Director

Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 808-1600, ext. 46120
Janeen Cunningham, Executive Director, Youth Bureau


Youth Development Program:

These programs address specific target populations, school-related prevention problems, multi-problem families, or employment projects for youth.

Putnam Family and Community Services: Provides student assistance counseling in Putnam County high schools.

1808 Route 6, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 225-2700 x130


Arbor House – Green Chimneys Children’s Services: Provides case management, independent living skills training, referral assistance, advocacy, basic need support and transportation for the 16 to 20-year-old homeless or at risk of becoming homeless population.

400 Doansburg Road, Caller Box 719, Brewster, New York 10509
(845) 278-4486


Runaway and Homeless Youth Program: This program provides shelter for runaway and homeless youth and serves as a community-based referral and counseling network.

Arbor House – Green Chimneys Children’s Services: Provides crisis intervention, counseling and case management services to runaway and homeless youth or youth at risk of running away or becoming homeless and their families. Arbor House also offers emergency shelter through a six-bed Safe House or through a network of Interim Families.

400 Doansburg Road, Caller Box 719, Brewster, New York 10509
(845) 278-4486


Runaway and Homeless Youth Coordination Program – Putnam County Youth Bureau: Assists the Youth Bureau in developing and implementing the county plan to improve services to runaway and homeless youth and their families and ensures that services to runaway and homeless youth and their families are provided in accordance with runaway and homeless youth regulations.

Donald B. Smith County Government Campus, 110 Old Route 6, Building 3, Carmel, New York 10512
(845) 808-1600, ext. 46116
Pamela Phillips-Zeller, Coordinator