ABOUT RICHARD KOFFLER

Richard KofflerMr. Koffler attended The South Oaks Institute of Alcoholism and Addictive Behavior Studies in 1990. After completing his course of study he began to focus on the impact of alcohol and drugs on the older adult population. He began working at Coney Island Hospital where he implemented a program designed to address Geriatric Alcoholism and Addiction. In 1993 Mr. Koffler joined Queens Hospital Center’s Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program.

In 1999 Mr. Koffler designed and implemented the “It’s Never Too Late” Geriatric Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program. Since its inception Mr. Koffler’s program has received positive media attention including New York Newsday, Queens Chronicle, and New York Daily News. “New York 1 News” featured the program for the first graduation of the INTL clients program and then a follow up feature about the use of drugs and alcohol in older adults.

Mr. Koffler has been a speaker at several conferences, colleges and universities. Mr. Koffler was a speaker at the NYC Second Annual Criminal Justice Conference, Fordham University School of Social Work Graduate studies conference. He has appeared on Recovery Dialogue, a cable television show focused on addiction as well a documentary by the NYU School of Broadcasting and Journalism about chemical dependency and older adults. Mr. Koffler testified before a New York State Senate hearing about the need for The Geriatric Chemical Dependency Act to fund services for the elderly. Mr. Koffler was recognized by the Queensboro Council for Social Welfare as an Outstanding Social Worker in 2008.

Mr. Koffler received his B.S. from Empire State College and a Master of Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work.

 

“Inspirational work, one of the best conferences, a powerful presentation about older adults and substance abuse”
-Fordham University Graduate School of Social Science May 2008