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Family Support Services

Family Peer Support Services (FPSS)

FPSS is an array of formal and informal services and supports provided to families raising children who are experiencing social, emotional,developmental, substance use and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement or community. FPSS provides a structured, strength-based relationship between an Family Peer Advocate (FPA) and the parent or family member for the benefit of the child. Referrals are processed through Broome County SPOA.

  • Support Services Provided:

    Outreach and information;
    Engagement, Bridging and Transition Support;
    Self-Advocacy, Self-Efficacy and Empowerment;
    Parent Skill Development;
    Community Connections and Natural Supports;
    Promoting Effective Family-Driven Practice

  • Eligibility:

    Caregivers of Children and youth who:
    Reside in Broome County;
    Have school aged children entering Kindergarten, up to age 21;
    Are experiencing social, emotional, substance use and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement or community;
    Are without Medicaid or do not meet the medical necessity criteria for Children and Family Treatment and Support Services (CFTSS)

  • Payment:

    Grant Funded

Re-Entry Services

The Re-Entry Program acts as a local liaison between families, hospitals, outpatient mental health clinics, schools, and community service providers, facilitating effective communication during the planning process for discharge and aftercare.

  • Eligibility:

    Any child between 5-17 years who has experienced a psychiatric hospitalization and is planning to return home after discharge

  • Payment:

    Free/Grant Fund

Community Respite

Community Respite provides planned, short-term relief for the child or family/primary caregivers that are needed to enhance the family/primary caregiver's ability to support the child/youth's functional, developmental, behavioral health and/or health care needs. The service is direct care for the child/youth by individuals trained to support the child/youth's needs. Referral are through Broome County SPOA.

  • Services Provided:

    A scheduled and structured respite activity in a community setting once per month;
    Transportation to and from the child/youth's residence;
    One-on-one activity with the service provider;
    Planned activity lasting at least two (2) hours, not including transportation time

  • Eligibility:

    Children and youth Who:
    Reside in Broome County;
    Are school aged children entering Kindergarten, up to age 21;
    Are experiencing social, emotional, substance use and/or behavioral challenges in their home, school, placement or community;
    Are in need of Respite, and cannot be enrolled in Planned Respite under Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), are without Medicaid, or do not meet Level of Care (LOC) or Level of Need (LON) criteria

  • Payment:

    Grant Funded