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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 1998

Release #465-98

Contact: Colleen Roche/Brenda Perez (212) 788-2958


MAYOR GIULIANI AND FOUNTAIN HOUSE HOST RECEPTION TO THANK COMPANIES THAT PROVIDE EMPLOYMENT TO MENTALLY ILL ADULTS

Announces Upcoming Launch Of Anti-Stigma Campaign

Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today hosted a Gracie Mansion breakfast to thank 40 major corporations that provide employment opportunities to adults with mental illness through Fountain House's Transitional Employment (TE) Program. Fountain House provides support, housing and employment program for adults with mental illness and has been a pioneer in providing restorative services to more than 16,000 community members over the past 50 years.

The Mayor was joined by Fountain House Executive Director Ken Dudek, Department of Health and Mental Health Commissioner Neal L. Cohen, and corporate participants in the Transitional Employment (TE) Program at Fountain House.

"I want to thank Fountain House for upholding and advancing the fundamental notion that hard work -- not stereotypes -- determines what an individual can contribute to society," Mayor Giuliani said. "You and your companies reach out with true compassion to people with mental disabilities and in doing so make their lives more fulfilling, productive and independent. You've shown leadership and compassion in your willingness to look beyond stereotypes. I know you have also gained from your association with Fountain House."

As a direct result of corporate participation in the Fountain House TE Program, more than 400 people with mental illness will be holding jobs in 1998 with annualized taxable earnings of more then $700,000.

The Mayor also announced that next month, the City's Health Department will launch an anti-stigma campaign, which will demonstrate that persons with disabilities are capable and reliable employees.

"Inspired by the success of Fountain House that could only be accomplished through the efforts of the employers who are here today, I want to announce a City-wide effort administered by the Department of Health and Mental Health to help people with mental disabilities find and keep jobs through a City-wide employment initiative," the Mayor said.

"The campaign's goal is to find at least 100 jobs for New Yorkers with mental disabilities over the next year and to continue to build on this number in the years to come," the Mayor added. "And we will continue to rely on the support of the corporate community to make it happen."

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