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Mental Health & Substance Use Screening

Retiree Program

In 2006, POPPA started its Retiree Program.  The program began with 26 retired NYPD officers dedicated to help meet the needs of fellow retired police officers.  The mental health and other unique needs of this group are often overlooked.  Retired police officers can use POPPA services for a variety of stress or mental health issues, relationship problems, substance use, or if they feel suicidal.  Sometimes, retirees just need to reconnect with another person who can identify as a law enforcement peer.

The Retiree Program has grown to more than 100 volunteers spanning several states across the country in addition to New York.

POPPA is a safe and confidential support system for retired NYPD officers that can help to identify appropriate local resources within various communities.