February 10, 2010 - Harris, N.Y. - The Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) program of Sullivan County will continue its mission of advocating for anyone who is or has been a victim of sexual abuse. The program has transitioned from Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley to Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) as its lead agency, and has moved its offices to dedicated space on the 4th floor of CRMC's main Harris Campus. CRMC will assume oversight and fiscal responsibility of the RISE program and will conduct grant writing on RISE's behalf. Cindy Zingher, Program Manager of RISE, said, "We are so excited to be part of the CRMC family. Plain and simple, we belong here. With the portals of access available to us, it is a perfect fit. Often, one of our first actions of support is to accompany a victim to the hospital, so our new location here is extremely convenient for all involved. With CRMC's reach, we will now be able to offer our services to Western Sullivan County, and we will have office hours one to two days per week in the Physician Office Suite at the Grover M. Hermann hospital in Callicoon, NY." Steven Ruwoldt, CEO of CRMC, added, "RISE is such an important program for Sullivan County. Not only does RISE provide assistance to victims of sexual abuse, but the program also provides prevention education. CRMC is committed to advancing services to the community, and this is an excellent opportunity to ensure that RISE continues its invaluable program to the residents of Sullivan County." "We are very pleased that we are able to transition the RISE program and its long time Program Manager Cindy Zingher, to CRMC where it can continue its critical work in the community," said Ruth-Ellen Blodgett, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. Since 1987, Rise has provided an array of services to victims of sexual abuse and offered prevention education. The program provides advocacy and assistance to sexual abuse victims, and will accompany the victim to the hospital, police or district attorney after an incident. RISE also provides confidential individual, family or couple counseling as well as support groups, prevention education and professional training sessions. The program maintains a 24-hour crisis hotline number, which is 845-791-9595. RISE relies heavily on volunteer help and internships. If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information on services offered, please contact the RISE office at 845-794-3300 extension 2442 or e-mail RISE@crmcny.org.