Cayuga Centers Welcomes Auburn Downtown BID Reps
Jun 08, 2016
Auburn Downtown BID (Business Improvement District) representatives, Stephanie DeVito and Jesse Kline, toured the Cayuga Centers campus and learned about agency programs.
Diane (Dee Dee) Schenck, Vice President of Community Partnerships, reviewed 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.
She spoke of the agency’s recent growth which includes the expansion of foster care to Delaware and Florida, and the decision to maintain headquarters in Auburn, with the addition of jobs in HR and IT and other support areas.
The group walked through the gymnasium and rec center, and visited the agency’s health and wellness department. Director of CNY Health Services, Kylie O’Connor, described the comprehensive health care services provided, which include primary and reproductive care and psychiatric services for youth, as well staff physicals. DeVito and Kline expressed surprise and appreciation for the scope of the programs and facilities offered by the agency.
Kelly Ware, Director of Case Planning and After Care, described the individualized, trauma-focused care given to each youth. She noted the success of the agency’s partnership with the Auburn Enlarged City School District, which allows youth to earn Regents credits, and participate in online learning opportunities to regain credits missed due to prior poor attendance or performance. This partnership often helps youth return home from placement having advanced to an appropriate grade level instead of falling further behind their peers.
Led by Unit Manager Mike Slomski, the group toured Cowen Cottage, learning about the day to day program which, in addition to the focus on treatment and education, engages youth in life skills training, and pro-social activities.
Cindi Pagan, Vice President of Community-Based Interventions, explained the agency’s home and community-based interventions that work to prevent out-of-home placements or which can work effectively with youth and families before, during and after discharge from a facility to ease the transition back home. The agency began this community-based work 25 years ago.
Shannon Abate, Vice President of SPwDD, led the group through the agency’s Respite Program space, a program which gives a break for caregivers of those with developmental disabilities, while engaging the consumer in social activities. Respite can play an important role in helping families care for their loved one at home. She described Medicaid Service Coordination, which assists over 1,000 individuals in obtaining needed services.