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Children and Youth Services

Children and Youth Services

Community Services has several programs designed for the children we support to meet their needs as well as the needs of their caregivers. These include Respite Care, Children’s Health Homes/Care Management, Youth Employment Services and more.

To learn more about the services we provide, click on the blue bars below.

Respite

Respite

Respite

Our Respite services offer planned short-term and time-limited opportunities for families and care providers to have some personal time. Our Respite programs provide children with a safe, engaging place to come after-school or on the weekends.

  • After-School Respite is open to school-age children with developmental disabilities in need of after-school respite. The program provides meaningful recreational activities, social opportunities and supports special learning needs of students. Operates Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • The Children’s Guild Foundation Mildred M. Seeger Respite House, located in Tonawanda, offers overnight and weekend respite care. ]The home also provides respite programs during the school winter and summer breaks.
  • Our Foster Respite Care provides services to foster parents in Erie County to give them personal time to run errands, attend appointments or spend an evening out. We provide care in your family’s home and/or your community. All care providers receive comprehensive background checking and our services are approved through the Erie County Department of Social Services. For more information, email respite@csevery1.com or call 716-896-2180 ext. 754.

Youth Employment Services

Youth Employment Services

Youth Employment Services

  • ACCES-VR offers several programs to help adults and youth obtain and retain competitive employment.

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    ACCES-VR Intensive Services provide vocational counseling and rehabilitation services that result in successful employment outcomes. Youth Employment Services are geared toward assisting youth with their transition into the working world by helping them develop soft skills, obtain work experience and more. ACCES-VR Extended Services follow along Supported Employment services to employed people who are not Medicaid eligible.

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  • The Employment Training Program offers people an opportunity to work in an internship that will lead to permanent employment in a community business.

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    Program participants also attend job readiness classes, receive increase job development and job coaching services, and develop other work-related skills.

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  • Pathway to Employment is a person-centered employment planning and support services that helps people obtain, maintain or advance in competitive employment or self-employment.

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    Through this program, people identify a career or vocational direction, develop job readiness skills, and create a plan to achieve employment at or above the New York State minimum wage.

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  • Children's Health Homes/Care Management

    Children's Health Homes/Care Management

    Children's Health Homes/Care Management

    A Health Home is a care management service model that connects all of a person’s health professionals to improve communication so that all of a patient’s needs are completely met. This is done primarily through a “Care Manager” who oversees and provides access to all of the services a person needs to make sure they have everything necessary to stay healthy, out of the emergency room, and out of the hospital.

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    What does a Health Home do?
    A Health Home offers six core services:

    • Comprehensive care management
    • Care coordination and health promotion
    • Comprehensive transitional care
    • Individual and family support
    • Referral to community and social support services
    • Health information technology
    • For more information about who is eligible for a Children’s Health Home, download our brochure below.
      Children’s Health Homes brochure

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    Community Habilitation

    Community Habilitation

    Community Habilitation

  • Community Habilitation is a service that assists youth who either live at home with a loved one or independently in the community to maintain or develop the highest level of independence possible for them.

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    Individuals work on goals to build independent living skills in self-care, general household chores, mobility training, financial management, appropriate social skills and more. Weekly schedules are established by the individual and services can be provided any day of the week. We also offer a similar service to people still living in a residential setting with a desire to move out into the community.

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  • Community Based Day Habilitation

    Community Based Day Habilitation

    Community Based Day Habilitation

  • Community Based Day Habilitation promotes community inclusion and integration. Some of the programs offered through this service include Believe to Achieve Teens and Supplemental Group Day Habilitation.

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    Our Believe to Achieve Teens program consists of small groups who create their own calendar of events for the month which often include volunteer activities. Supplemental Group Day Habilitation is offered on evenings and weekends and focuses on building social skills through activities ranging from bowling to movies to self-advocacy groups.

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  • Family Reimbursement

    Family Reimbursement

    Family Reimbursement

    Expenses covered under the FRP may include goods and services, respite care, community involvement, and other items. Families are eligible for the FRP if they have a family member with a developmental disability who lives at home and eligibility has been determined by the Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD).

    To apply, complete and submit an application with supporting documentation to:

    Family Reimbursement Specialist
    2180 Genesee Street
    Buffalo, NY 14211

    FRP Application

    FRP Respite Application

    Guidelines

    FRP Application Español

    FRP Respite Application Español

    Guidelines Español

    Self-Directed Services

    Self-Directed Services

    Self-Directed Services

    Self-Directed Services give people the opportunity to make important decisions about their staff and their services. Each person chooses their own staff to help them develop a plan and to support their needs, where they will live, what work they want to do, how they control their budget, how they participate in the community and how they spend their time. These services are designed to help each person develop their own plan to become more independent.

    Preventive Services

    Preventive Services

    Preventive Services

    Preventive Services are provided to families through a contract with the Erie County Department of Social Services (ECDSS). All families served through the preventive contract are at risk for or have children placed in foster care, and are eligible for mandated preventive services determined by ECDSS.

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    Referrals are received from the ECDSS and priority will be given to families with complex needs, including substance abuse, domestic violence, severe neglect, dual diagnosis (mental health as well as a developmental disability), criminal justice involvement, etc. Families served will have at least one member of the family who has a developmental disability (parent or child).

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