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