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101 Hamilton Ave.
Auburn, NY 13021
Phone: (315) 253-5383 Fax: (315) 253-7278
E-mail: info@cayugacenters.org
Website: www.cayugacenters.org

Primary Contact: Edward Myers-Hayes , President & CEO
Other Staff: Dee Dee Schenck - Vice President of Operations

MISSION: Formerly known as Cayuga Home for Children, our mission is to help children, families, and individuals to grow as independent, healthy and productive citizens through quality counseling, residential and support services. We do this in partnership with those we serve as well as government agencies and other service providers.

SERVICES: Residential Treatment Center - Serves children ages 11 to 18, from throughout CNY, who are placed by the family court system. Residents and their families partner with staff in creating individual treatment plans which focus on their gaining the skills and attitudes needed to return home or become ready for independent living. For information contact Sue Walsh, Coordinator of Intake at sue.walsh@cayugacenters.org. Services for this program for Cayuga County residents are only available through a referral by Cayuga County Health and Human Services.

Family Resiliency Programs - For information on the Family Resiliency Programs contact Cindi Pagan, Vice President of Community-Based Interventions at Phone: (315) 253-5383, ext. 1161 or cindi.pagan@cayugacenters.org.

Family Preservation Program - Families are provided with intensive in-home support for 4 – 6 weeks to prevent unnecessary foster care placements. The program focuses on strengths and teaches skills to enhance family functioning. Families have access to a social worker and full emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services for this program for Cayuga County residents are available through referral by Cayuga County Health and Human Services.

Family Support Program – Families receive in-home supports approximately twice a week for 4 – 6 months. Families have access to a social worker and full emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services for this program for Cayuga County residents are available through referral by Cayuga County Health and Human Services.

“Whatever It Takes” Program - Based on the wrap-around services model, the program works with youth in out-of-home care to speed their return home by building in-home supports to create a successful transition. Supports include parent coaching, youth skills training, 24 hours on-call and other services. Services for this program for Cayuga County residents are available through referral by Cayuga County Health and Human Services.

SPwDD Programs - For information on SPwDD Services, contact Shannon Abate, Vice President of SPwDD Services at Phone: (315) 253-5383 ext. 1235 or shannon.abate@cayugacenters.org.

Weekend Respite Program - Families can take time out from the constant demands of caring for a family member with a developmental disability. Weekend Respite also gives the consumer an opportunity to socialize and enjoy a variety of recreational activities as a guest in the program. Guests receive assistance with personal care, meal times, medication and other areas of need. Trained, attentive staff are on duty at all times. To receive services from this program, the individual must be enrolled in OPWDD’s Medicaid Waiver Program. For more information, please speak with your Individual Medicaid Service Coordinator.

“In Between” Respite Program – Designed to provide weekday afternoon respite to caregivers while encouraging socialization for individuals with a developmental disability. The program operates Monday – Friday from 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, filling the gap between the end of the school day and early evening. For more information, please speak with your Individual Medicaid Service Coordinator.

“After 5” Weeknight Respite Program - Provides respite so families caring for developmentally disabled children and adults living at home may have a much needed break. “After 5” guests enjoy games, arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, movies, and other activities Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Trained, qualified staff oversee the program. For more information, please speak with your Individual Medicaid Service Coordinator.

Day Habilitation Services - Day Habilitation services are provided for individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities. Participants enjoy an array of social and recreational activities, while receiving assistance with personal care and other areas of need. Individuals work toward goals and objectives that are derived from their valued outcomes. Staff assist and support individuals to reach a higher level of independence in all areas of life. Services from this program are open to anyone enrolled in OPWDD’s Medicaid Waiver Program. For more information, please speak with your Individual Medicaid Service Coordinator.

At-Home Residential Habilitation - Provides at-home assistance to individuals, with the goal of helping them to become increasingly independent and able to live in the least restrictive environment possible. Services from this program are open to anyone enrolled in OPWDD’s Medicaid Waiver Program. For more information, please speak with your Individual Medicaid Service Coordinator.

Family Reimbursement - Cayuga Centers is granted funding to assist families with costs of goods or services directly related to the care of a family member with a developmental disability. These monies aid families in obtaining such needed items as in-home respite services, adaptive equipment, special clothing and other items as necessary. Services from this program are open to anyone eligible for OPWDD Services. For more information, please speak with your Individual Medicaid Service Coordinator.

Medicaid Service Coordination - Assistance with advocacy, referral to other services, medical appointments, etc. is provided to individuals who are developmentally disabled. For more information, please contact Shannon Abate, Vice President of SPwDD Services at (315) 253-5383 ext. 1235 or shannon.abate@cayugacenters.org.

Early Intervention – Early Intervention Ongoing Service Coordination supports parents as they make decisions regarding the continuing care of their young child who has special needs. Coordinators provide resources to help parents and their children reach their goals. For more information, please contact Shannon Abate, Vice President of SPwDD Services at (315) 253-5383 ext. 1235 or shannon.abate@cayugacenters.org.

Treatment Family Foster Care (TFFC) - Places 12-17 year old “hard-to-fit” youth in homes with highly motivated, trained, and supported foster families. Through a very individualized process, we carefully match host families with children to ensure a good “fit” for everyone involved. The foster home is then “flooded” with clinical and therapeutic support for both the children and the foster families, as well as for the families of origin. Utilizing a very clear point-and-level system, the children are able to change their negative behavior, which enables them to move in more positive directions. This challenging and rewarding program is a successful and cost-effective alternative for adolescents who are particularly challenged by a group setting. For information about TFFC, contact Ellie Benedict, Director of CNY Treatment Family Foster Care, at Phone: (315) 253-5383 ext. 1202 or eleanor.benedict@cayugacenters.org. Services for this program are only available for Cayuga County residents through a referral by Cayuga County Health and Human Services.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) - MST is a nationally-validated program that provides intensive family-and-community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders. This program serves children ages 11-18 in Cayuga County who are at risk of entering or re-entering an OCFS or other out-of-home placement. Through this program, Cayuga Centers MST Therapists help families increase communication, discipline more effectively and create a more supportive family environment. Families have access to an MST Therapist 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For information about Multisystemic Therapy please contact Cindi Pagan, Vice President of Community-Based Interventions at Phone: (315) 253-5383, ext. 1161 or cindi.pagan@cayugacenters.org. Services for this program for Cayuga County residents are only available through referrals by Cayuga County Health and Human Services.


HOURS: Office hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm. Many programs and services are provided at times convenient to each family.

 

 

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