Child & Family Community-Based Programs

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

Family Support
Services Waiver
Crisis Intervention
P-K House

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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