Cayuga Centers Welcomes Katko Staff Members

Mar 06, 2017

Cayuga Centers leaders hosted members of Congressman John Katko’s staff, Trish Dellonte, District Director, and Michael Fandrich, Deputy District Director, March 2, 2017 in a visit to the Auburn campus to learn about agency programs.

Diane (Dee Dee) Schenck, vice president of community partnerships for Cayuga Centers, gave an overview of the agency’s program areas: Residential Treatment Center, Treatment Family Foster Care, Community-Based Interventions, Services for People with Developmental Disabilities (SPwDD), and Transitional Foster Care for Unaccompanied Children. She highlighted the agency’s recent growth which includes an expansion of the federal grant for transitional foster care for the Unaccompanied Children program, and noted the agency’s decision to maintain Auburn as the agency’s headquarters for agency-wide support services.

Katko_staff_visit_Cayuga_Centers.jpgThe visitors listened as fundraising specialist Tim Kelly detailed the capital campaign to support the purchase of additional Auburn office space and to expand program space for the agency’s respite program for those with developmental disabilities.

Mike Slomski, assistant director of living units, spoke of the individualized care given to each youth, and led a tour through a residential cottage and the on-grounds school. Teens are actively engaged in individual and group therapy to help heal from trauma and manage mental health issues.

Highlighting the recent addition of SafeCare, a home visit program for Cayuga County families, Cindi Pagan, vice president of community-based interventions, explained the agency’s home and community-based interventions. These programs work to prevent out-of-home placements or work effectively with youth and families before, during and after discharge from a facility to ease the transition back home.

Respite programs provide a break for caregivers while engaging consumers with developmental disabilities in social activities. This program can be a deciding factor in enabling a family to keep their loved one safely at home, or allowing a caregiver to maintain employment knowing the consumer has a safe place to be after school hours, said Shannon Abate, vice president for the SPwDD department. She led a tour of the respite space, which is about to be renovated and expanded. The group also visited the agency’s gymnasium which provides indoor recreation space for clients in numerous programs.


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