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Citizen Advocates offers free Chronic Disease Self-Management Program


MALONE, N.Y. – The Behavioral Health Services team at Citizen Advocates is offering a free, seven-session Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Taught by certified program instructors Sarah Brown and Lacey Dumas, the course is designed for individuals who are 18 years or older with an ongoing health condition like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure or anxiety. 

Benefits of the program include improved sleep, tips on better nutrition and exercise, how to manage the effects of your condition, managing fatigue and pain, falls prevention and generally feeling better. 

The course takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays from Feb. 7 to March 21. All sessions take place at the Citizen Advocates’ Behavioral Health Clinic at 31 Sixth Street in Malone.  Light refreshments and course resources will be provided each week.  There is no charge for this educational program, and it’s open to the public.

To register or for more information, contact Sarah Brown at 518-651-2271 or e-mail


Originally founded in 1975, Citizen Advocates, Inc. served as a work program for individuals with a need for developmental and behavioral health support.  At the time, the organization had 12 employees serving 50 individuals.  Today, Citizen Advocates, Inc. employs 750 health professionals and support staff who provide a broad range of services with compassion and skill to 6,500 individuals on an annual basis. With administrative offices in Malone, Citizen Advocates provides developmental disability, mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery services throughout Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Hamilton and St. Lawrence counties.