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Child & Family Community-Based Programs

Director: Gurnick, Wayne M., M.S. L.C.S.W.
Town: Coram  
Phone: 631-920-8302

Adoption Support
CIRCLE
Family Support
Services Waiver
Crisis Intervention
P-K House
SPOA

Adoption Support and Preservation Services Program
The overall program goal is to reduce the number of post finalization dissolutions of adoptions, and to reduce the need for foster care or out of home placement of children once they are adopted. Services include:

  • Adoption related counseling
  • Intensive in-home family education
  • Parenting workshops
  • Support groups
  • Parent advocacy/support
  • Social/recreational events
  • Respite

Children in Request of a Caring Loving Environment (CIRCLE)

  • Family Based Treatment Program (FBT):
    A therapeutic foster care program committed to servicing Suffolk county children and youth, ages 5 to 18, who are diagnosed with severe emotional/behavioral difficulties and who require individualized, structured treatment with a trained professional treatment parent in a family/home setting. These youths do not require 24 hour awake level of supervision, are capable of establishing relationships, will accept the responsibilities of being integrated into a new family unit, and have the potential of functioning in the community. Services include:
    • Skilled communication, emotional intervention/support and behavior management by trained professional parents.
    • Continuous guidance and clinical support by Masters-level social workers.
    • Facilitation of continued contact with biological families and other important persons.
    • Coordination of all community services provided to the child (i.e., educational, physical health, mental health, etc.).
    • Advocacy

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    Family Support Services Program (FSS)
    The overall goal of the Family Support Services Program is to enhance the ability of a family with a seriously emotionally challenged or at risk child or adolescent to function as a family within the community. In order to accomplish this goal the following array of flexible supportive and educational services are available:

    • Respite care
    • Individualized in-home family education
    • Specialized educational respite - tutoring
    • Parenting workshops
    • Support groups
    • Parent advocacy
    • Transportation support
    • Food pantry

    The Home & Community Based Services Waiver Program
    The program is designed to help Seriously Emotionally Disturbed (SED) Suffolk County residents, 5 to 18 years of age, to remain at home by offering an array of community based services sufficient to prevent intermediate psychiatric admission or placement in a residual treatment facility, or to provide services which would enable a child already in such a placement to be discharged more quickly. Services offered through the Waiver Program include:

    • Individualized care coordination
    • Intensive in-home services
    • Crisis response services
    • Skill building services
    • Respite care
    • Family support/advocacy services

    LINK/Home Based Crisis Intervention Program
    An intensive, short term crisis intervention, family education and service linkage program to prevent psychiatric hospitalization for children ages 5-18 throughout Suffolk County.

    • In-home crisis intervention and stabilization
    • Family education and parenting skills
    • Assistance with linking families to resources in the community

    Pederson-Krag House/Community Residence Program
    An eight bed group home for adolescent boys diagnosed as seriously emotionally disturbed. The overall program goal is to enhance the social, emotional, and behavioral development of each youth served so that return to the family or independent living may be achieved. Youth receive educational/vocational affiliations with local providers. Services offered include:

    • Behavior management
    • Linkages with family and community support systems
    • Socialization skills/recreational opportunities
    • Daily living skills training
    • Independent living skills training (as appropriate)
    • Counseling

    Single Point of Access (SPOA)
    An innovative approach to working with families in the accessing of and transitioning through the various levels of intensive mental health services available to children and youths in Suffolk County. The program is a collaborative effort with Suffolk County Division of Mental Hygiene services that brings together providers across the county to determine with families how best to meet the needs of their children. One universal referral packet is completed to access all intensive services through the coordination of the SPOA system.
     

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