Crystal Heath to oversee Foster Care Program
May 18, 2017
Crystal E. Heath has been promoted from Clinician to Program Director for the Delaware treatment family foster care program operated by Cayuga Centers.
A certified Multi-Systemic Therapist, and Board Certified Human Services Practitioner, Heath will oversee the program which serves hard-to-place youth who cannot stay at home and have difficulties in a group setting. Cayuga Centers places these youth with highly trained and supported foster parents who work with a team of specialists to meet the goals of healing from trauma and learning to regulate emotions and behaviors.
As Program Director, Heath will oversee the team consisting of a program manager, clinician, skills trainer and administrative assistant to provide strong support to the youth and their family, as well as to the foster parents.
Heath says, “I have always had a passion for working with individuals with challenges. The goal when working with youth, adults and their families is to provide them with resources that will build confidence and independence toward a productive life. It’s about meeting individuals where they are, stepping into their worldview as they see it, having patience, being consistent, and not casting judgments. As the newly appointed director of Cayuga Centers Treatment Family Foster Care, my goal is to build relationships with our providers, to lead by example, and to adhere to Cayuga Centers Mission Statement and Competencies.”
Holding Master of Science degrees in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University, and in Health Services Management from New School University, Heath has over 15 years of senior level clinical experience. She has worked in residential and out-patient settings with youth, their families and adults. She has also worked with men and women inmates in Department of Corrections facilities.
Cayuga Centers CEO and President Edward Myers Hayes says, "Crystal brings a wealth of experience and compassion to Cayuga Centers. She excelled in her role as Clinician and will be an asset to Delaware children as Program Director."
Cayuga Centers continues to recruit for additional foster parents to open their homes to youth in the program. Foster parents must be age 21 or older, have a bedroom for the youth in a safe, stable home, and have a monthly household income (salary, pension, public assistance or Social Security).