Judge Charles Schiano, Jr. visits Auburn campus
Aug 03, 2016
Greece Town Justice Charles Schiano, Jr. visited the Cayuga Centers campus August 2, 2016 to learn about agency programs.
Dee Dee (Diane) Schenck, Vice President of Community Partnerships 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. She emphasized the agency’s recent growth which includes the expansion of foster care to Delaware and Florida, but noted that agency headquarters will remain in Auburn.
Kelly Ware, Director of Case Planning and After Care, described the individualized care given to each youth in the Residential Treatment Center. Teens are actively engaged in Individual and Group Therapy to help heal from trauma and manage mental health issues. At the same time, family members are involved in treatment planning and Family Therapy. Judge Schiano admired the on-grounds school partnership with the Auburn Enlarged City School District; youth receive Regents credit for courses completed while at Cayuga Centers. Using an online credit recovery program, students can regain lost credits and return to their home school after placement at grade level.
Vice President of Out-of-Home Care, Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson, described the creation of the trauma-focused treatment foster care program, an approach that creates “residential treatment for one,” in which the youth receive therapy and counseling sessions while in the care of a highly trained and supported foster family.
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.
Lexie Shutter, who serves the agency as Director of Support Services for the SPwDD (Services for People with Developmental Disabilities) Department, led the group through the agency’s respite space, a program which gives a break for caregivers of those with developmental disabilities, while engaging the consumer in social activities. The program 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. The group also walked through the gymnasium and rec center, and the agency’s health department.