Michael J. Perlin, Ed.D., M.P.H., M.S.
June 25, 1945 - August 25, 2011
The SCSU Department of Public Health graduate newsletter, with tributes from colleagues and students, with pictures of Dr. Perlin and his family
|September 9, 2011
|August 30, 2011
Thank you, this morning for the wonderful tribute to my brother, Michael.
Living in California and keeping in touch with Michael via phone, text and email - and visits - we knew many of Michael's accomplishments and passions, but many I found on the internet. He was a humble man and a champion for the truth and solutions. We were very proud of Michael - always. At 14, he was the only male candy stripper in Beth-El Hospital in Brooklyn. He had an insatiable thirst for knowledge and loved medicine and helping people. As a young man, he made numerous trips to Mexico (at his own expense) with Doctors and nurses with supplies and to teach the residents how to maintain safer, healthier, more sanitary ways to live.
Your tribute to Michael is amazing and I am very grateful. Bless you for your kindness. I know that you and my brother were dear friends and he valued the relationship. Thank you again for your presentation of my brother Michael's life. We will miss him terribly, but will rejoice forever that he was. The last week, he still had so many ideas he hoped to implement to help humanity.
The SCSU Alumni Association is setting up a temporary restricted fund that will go solely towards setting up the Dr. Michael J. Perlin Scholarship Fund.
Checks should be made payable to the SCSU Foundation, with a note in the memo that reads: Dr. Michael J. Perlin Scholarship. Send to:
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For additional information, contact Ms. Michelle Rocheford Johnston, Director of Alumni Relations
Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention is an eight-week program for people arrested for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
This court-mandated program is designed for first-time offenders who are given the opportunity to erase the arrest from their records upon successful completion of the program. PDEP is also a diversionary program that was developed to address the equally important issue of the use of illegal or non-sanctioned prescribed substances. This program also attempts, through the use of evidence-based interventions, to reduce recidivism. It additionally seeks to identity those individuals for whom more intensive treatment is necessary and encourage them to voluntarily seek treatment.
On February 26, 2010, the Board of Directors of The Connection, Inc. established the Michael J. Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention to honor the work of Dr. Michael Perlin, a member of the Board of Directors of ALSO-Cornerstone, Inc. from 2003 to 2010. Dr. Perlin is Professor Emeritus of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University and co-author of the Connecticut Pretrial Alcohol Education System, the State of Connecticut’s Drinking Driving Rehabilitation Program, which became the DMHAS-funded Pretrial Alcohol Education System and Pretrial Drug Education Program for first-time offenders. These two community justice programs, now provided under the umbrella of the Michael Perlin Center, enable The Connection to serve thousands of individuals in nearly a dozen communities throughout Connecticut.
For more information about Michael Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention, contact Gerardo Sorkin, Director of Prevention and Education, at (203) 787-2111, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Michael Dutko, Assistant Director of Pretrial Education, at email@example.com
As he completed the pre-med program at City College of Brooklyn, the new field of public health caught Michael Perlin’s eye. Curious, he stayed for an extra semester to give the classes a shot, and ultimately, began what would be a 42-year career of service to his fellow man.
Now a professor emeritus of public health after 29 years at Southern Connecticut State University, Perlin continues to be recognized for his remarkable contributions to the field. His work was recently acknowledged by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in a gubernatorial proclamation.
The Connection, a nonprofit community development agency, also this spring acted as host for a luncheon in Perlin’s honor. The organization also christened one of its pre-trial education programs the Michael J. Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention.
Almost 30 years ago, after serving on the New York State Drinking Driver Program, Perlin was asked to co-author Connecticut’s Pretrial Alcohol Education System. At that time, Connecticut had no such programs. Perlin’s experience helped draft the plan the Perlin Center for Substance Abuse Intervention still employs today.
The Perlin Center provides an eight-week drug education program and a 10- or 15-week alcohol abuse program. Both are meant to limit repeat offenses and identify offenders who need more comprehensive treatment. Upon successful completion of the program, first-time offenders can have the criminal charge removed from their record.
Perlin, a member of Also-Cornerstones’ board of directors and chairman of the board’s Program Committee until the public health organization was absorbed by The Connection this year, was very appreciative of the accolades. “The luncheon, the renaming of the pre-trial program and the proclamation — it was such a generous thing for people to do,” he said. “It’s humbling.”
Such praise has become regular for Perlin, who was vital to the reaccreditation of Southern’s Public Health Department, which recently gained a seven-year accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. Perlin said public health was more of a vocation than a job. His two children, Jared and Jordyn, who he proudly quips have been honor students since before they were born, constantly reminded him private medicine would have been more lucrative.
But Perlin, who came from a family of physicians, was drawn to the humane, preventive measures public health took. He said he has no regrets. His passion, especially for guiding educating and mentoring others, has also been rewarded.
He received the 2009 Health Education Mentor Award from the Society for Public Health Education and the C-EA Winslow Award from the Connecticut Public Health Association for achievement and leadership in public health practice, research, and education.
Source: New Haven Register, By Jonathan Meoli, Special to the Register July 6, 2010. http://www.google.com/gwt/x?wsc=yq&wsi=27d317000c9677d0&source=m&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhregister.com/ articles/2010/07/06/news/ aa3neperlin070610.txt%3Fviewmode%3Dfullstory&ei= KmZgTr78PIeKwgWzot25Dw&ct=pg1&whp=30
The Accolades continue to roll in for Michael J. Perlin, professor emeritus of public health, whose commitment to his field and the public good has now earned him the recognition of Gov. M. Jodi Rell.
Source: Southern Life, May 2010, p. 6.
The C.-E.A. Winslow Award is presented to a public health professional that has demonstrated leadership and achievement in practice, research and /or education. The award commemorates Charles-Edward Amory Winslow (1877-1957), a pioneer in public health and medicine, who is credited with founding the second oldest school of public health in the country at Yale University. Among the most widely quoted health leaders during his lifetime, Dr. Winslow believed that equal in weight with scientific ideas about health and disease was a commitment to social justice – that social ills must be the first conquest in the “conquest of epidemic disease.”
Welcome to Queens College sponsor of the NYS Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Program, also referred to as the Drinking Driver Program (DDP). For more than 35 years, I and the staff of the Drinking Driver Program (DDP) have committed ourselves to making the privilege of driving a safer experience for all the citizens of our state. Here is what we know:
We know that every single injury and death caused by driving under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs is totally preventable. We know that no one leaves home with the intention of causing or being involved in an alcohol and/or other drug-related crash. We also know that everyone involved in an alcohol and/or other drug-related crash is a victim. We know that for both the impaired driver and the motorist who was sober and involved in the crash, lives will be changed forever. Fines, jail, embarrassment, loss of employment, divorce, family dysfunction, injury, disability, death, emotional trauma, are only some of the consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or other drugs.
We also know that changing behavior is not easy, but that not changing impaired driving behavior is unacceptable. The Queens Drinking Driver Program is staffed by experienced and compassionate instructors who are dedicated to providing participants with the education, referral and treatment services needed to reduce future impaired driving behavior. Through weekly educational sessions and group discussions, participants have the opportunity to gain insight into their current behavior and learn strategies for making better decisions for becoming safer and more responsible drivers.
Participation in the Drinking Driver Program is an opportunity to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. On behalf of the staff and the more than 20,000 motorists who have completed the Queens DDP, I wish you every success in your efforts to regain your driving privileges and contribute to safer motoring whenever and wherever you drive. You deserve this chance and so do your friends, family and the millions of other motorists that depend on your ability to drive safely. I urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to take full advantage of this opportunity. We are all counting on you.
Michael J. Perlin, Ed.D., M.P.H., M.S.
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