family therapy programs

Cayuga Centers is nationally known for two different family therapy programs.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)

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Beginning in 1999, Cayuga Centers was the first agency in New York State to offer Functional Family Therapy, an evidence–based family therapy for families with at-risk children ages 11-18. The innovative program makes families partners in the process of rebuilding family life, and keeps the family together as members work for positive change.


  • A three-phase intervention involving 8–12 one-hour session over a 3-4 month period;
  • Phase One – The goal is to decrease intense negativity, blaming and hopelessness;
  • Phase Two – Reduces and eliminates the problem behavior to change family patterns;
  • Phase Three – Increases the family's capacity to utilize community resources.

Functional Family Therapy for prevention, intervention and reunification is available in Monroe, Oneida, Ontario and Oswego Counties.  Referrals to FFT come through designated county agencies such as Social Services or Probation.

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

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Another evidence-based program, MST is a home-based intervention for children with anti-social and aggressive traits who are at imminent risk of out-of-home placement.  The Cayuga Centers team works with parents and other adults who are part of the youth's life, including teachers, ministers, and friends.  Together, they identify the problems and work to change the life of the family.

MST is a diversion program available in Cayuga, Ontario, Monroe, Onondaga and Oneida Counties.  The program is supported in part by grants received from NYS Office of Children and Family Services.

Over 85% of at-risk youth served by MST avoid out of home placement.

Referral Sources

Central new york

Multisystemic Therapy
Sonya Maenza 
MST East Coordinator

Functional Family Therapy
Andrea Morgia
FFT East Coordinator

monroe county

Multisystemic Therapy/Functional Family Therapy
Jaime Ferguson
Director of Monroe Home-Based Programs
585-546-1960, Ext 1527