Too often, those in our community who most need our support have the hardest time finding it. From homeless veterans to homebound seniors; at-risk youth and victims of domestic violence, Mike Hein has found ways in tight fiscal times to preserve and expand services for Ulster County residents who need them most
- Establishing the Ulster County Patriots Project, to fight homelessness among Veterans and provide vital support to get Veterans back on their feet.
- Extending Ulster County’s “Return the F.A.V.O.R.” program, giving Veterans and their surviving spouses access to discounts at local businesses.
- Producing Ulster County’s first anti-bullying Webinar designed to increase awareness, among children, adults and educators, to the serious consequences and dangers of bullying.
- Launching the Ulster County Against Domestic Violence Month, developing a comprehensive system of support to help victims of domestic violence in their time of need.
- Securing state funding for Ulster County’s first Mobile Mental Health Crisis Team.
- Launching a suicide prevention app to help teens, veterans and others who need care and support.
- Forming the Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force.
- Preserving hot meal deliveries for Meals on Wheels recipients and expanding senior choice.
- Saving the popular RSVP program and expanding services such as Neighbor to Neighbor that matches volunteers with seniors for transportation to Doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, and other errands.
Soon after taking office, Mike Hein created the Healthy Ulster agenda that has steadily moved Ulster County on its way toward becoming the healthiest county in New York State through a series of public health initiatives including:
- Offering seasonal vaccinations to the underserved populations of Ulster County.
- Restricting smoking and the use of electronic smoking devices in public areas, while additionally
- Enacting local laws to prevent tobacco marketing to Ulster County’s youth.
Launched a newly designed Healthy Ulster Website to expand public access to resources for making healthy choices, including healthy afterschool snacking guidelines in an effort to reduce the childhood and adolescent obesity epidemic in Ulster County.