Anthony Rizzuto, LMSW, CASAC
Anthony Rizzuto is the founder and Executive Director of F.I.S.T-Families in Support of Treatment. He has been working in the substance use disorder field since 2001. He holds both a Credential in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling (CASAC) and a Masters degree in Social Work from Adelphi University (MSW). In March of 2013 Anthony founded an organization called Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.) This organization was designed to put on community forums to gather support for legislation being proposed to improve access to treatment for those struggling with substance use disorder. In 2013 he partnered with various communities to bring forums to Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. In 2014 F.I.S.T., along with several other agencies and many families struggling with a loved ones addiction or loss of a loved one to addiction, travelled to Albany to gather support for the legislation previously discussed. Working in unison with others, F.I.S.T was instrumental in the passing of 11 bills into law. That same year F.I.S.T. held two more forums in Westchester and Long Beach. In November of the same year it was decided to pursue formalizing this organization and apply for not-for-profit status. A 501c3 status was approved in December 2014.
In addition to his work with F.I.S.T (which is volunteer), Anthony works for Seafield Center where he serves as a Provider Relations representative since 2008, as Director of the Domestic Violence Program since 2006 and the Family Program Coordinator in Seafield outpatient center in Amityville since 2013. Anthony serves as the Vice President of the Board for the Employee Assistance Program Association Long Island Chapter. Anthony was recently appointed to the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Credentialing Board and also sits on the Talent Management Committee for OASAS. Anthony continues to serve on the Nassau County Heroin Task Force, the Communities of Solution workgroup, and the Nassau County Substance Abuse Task Force.
Anthony has experienced addiction from many perspectives. He is a person in long-term recovery since 1993, a family member of someone struggling with substance use disorder and a professional in the field since 2001
Millicent Garofalo, Esq., LCSW-R
Millicent is the Clinical Coordinator of FIST – Families In Support of Treatment. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in Plainview, NY. Millicent received her Master of Social Work from Adelphi University, where she later worked as an Adjunct Professor. Millicent is also an attorney. She received her Juris Doctor from Fordham Law School and passed the bar exam in 1990. Millicent worked at the Substance Abuse Center at North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center in Roslyn, as well as the Bereavement and Trauma Center. Currently, a large part of her private practice is made up of adolescents suffering from anxiety and depression. Although addiction has not been her specialty, it quickly became clear that it was impossible to work with adolescents (and adults, for that matter) in the field of social work and not be faced with issues of addiction. The connection between mental health issues and the use of substances cannot be denied. In her practice, Millicent has seen the impact that addiction has on a family and has seen families struggling with how to help their loved one and how to help themselves.
It is this combination of social work and law, that propelled Millicent to get involved with FIST. Millicent believes that it is imperative that, as is the case with other illnesses, all people suffering from substance use and mental health disorders should have access to the services that they need when they need them. Millicent also joined FIST because, as a mom of 2 young adults, she got sick and tired of hearing that young people in our communities were dying from this disease. She understands that this is a disease that could affect anybody at any time and that nobody is immune. Prior to becoming the Clinical Coordinator, Millicent served on FIST’s Advisory Committee.
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