Cayuga Centers Welcomes Onondaga County Judges
Jun 16, 2017
Onondaga Family Court judges visited the Cayuga Centers campus June 16, 2017 to learn about agency programs.
Edward Myers Hayes, President and CEO, thanked the group for taking time to visit Cayuga Centers and gave an overview of the agency’s program areas: Residential Treatment, Treatment Family Foster Care, Community-Based Interventions, Services for People with Developmental Disabilities, and Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children.
He focused on the agency’s out-of-home care programs, emphasizing the major role therapy plays in the treatment plans for each child. Unlike therapeutic foster care, which provides some therapy, but often using outside providers, Cayuga Centers’ treatment family foster care uses a team to deliver a range of services individualized for each youth.
The judges appreciated learning that unlike some programs which provide only tutoring, youth in the Residential Treatment Center attend the on-grounds school operated by the Auburn Enlarged City School District, earning regular credit for coursework completed.
Hayes praised the efforts of staff and clinicians to meet families “where they are,” explaining they frequently provide transportation or travel to the family home to conduct therapy or hold a meeting when transportation or other issues prevent the family from coming to the Auburn campus.
Pictured l to r: Mike Slomski, Director of Cottage Operations, Honorable Michael Hanuszczak, Edward Myers Hayes, President and CEO, Honorable Martha Walsh Hood, Honorable Martha Mulroy, Honorable Julie Cecile, Dr. Ann Sheedy, Chief Operating Officer-CNY, Diane (Dee Dee) Schenck, Vice President of Community Partnerships, Claire Isaacson, Clinician
The group, led by Director of Cottage Operations, Mike Slomski, toured a residential cottage and the school before visiting the gymnasium and recreation center. Cayuga Centers also offers home and community-based interventions that work to prevent out-of-home placements or which can work effectively with youth and families to ease the transition back home following out-of-home placement. A range of services including respite and habilitation programs and Medicaid Service Coordination are available for those with developmental disabilities.