Do you know a child that’s currently in foster care or at risk of placement? Do you wish you had someone neutral involved to provide an outside perspective with the kid’s best interests at heart? An objective point of view?
When your case is assigned a CASA worker, you get a trained volunteer advocate who works to observe and understand the child’s situation. This person provides Family Court judges with impartial information about the circumstances of the children involved.
Are you caring for someone under 21 with chronic and serious mental health conditions, including functional impairment? Are you struggling to juggle all the different providers, physicians, and support providers?
If you qualify for Medicaid, we can help you get a single Care Manager. This single Care Manager can help you make appointments and coordinate health and community health agencies to keep your child healthy and safe as simply as possible.
Do you suffer from a psychiatric disability and have school-aged children? Do you need help creating a stable life for you and your kids?
In Emerge, you’ll get some one-on-one time to share your story and your challenges. Then, we’ll help you choose a mix of individual and group activities to help you make connections and get the support you need!
Are you parent or caregiver to a child with emotional, social, or mental health challenges? Are you going through a particularly rough challenge and need some extra support?
Our Family Peer Advocate is here to listen to your story and work with you one-on-one to find a solution. Whether it’s finding you the appropriate resources or going to court, social services, or a hospital on your behalf, we’re here to help you get through this!
Is someone in your family under 21 and in jail? Do you wish you could connect with other people who understand what you’re going through?
This support group is peer-led and judgment-free, helping you understand and make the most of the difficult situation you’re in. Break the stigma and stop feeling so alone!
Are you the parent or caregiver for a child with a Serious Emotional Disorder (SED) between the ages of 4 and 18? Do you ever feel burnt out or wish you could have a bit of a break to focus on your own life?
The Respite Program provides monthly group recreational activities, which provides a time of positive peer interactions for the children, while providing the caregivers with a time of relief. Our Respite program allows you as parent or caregiver to take some time for yourself. You get the opportunity to focus on self-care (or errands, or whatever!) while your child goes out with a trained respite worker for fun and educational activities.
In addition, we offer our Teen Challenge program, for ages 14-18. This offers participants the opportunity to meet in dynamic weekly education groups to work through evidence-based life skills curricula; perform Community Service activities; and enjoy socialization in recreational events. Summer camp programs are available for enrolled members.
Are you attending (or about to attend) Dutchess Community College? Are you recovering from a psychiatric disability or an addiction disorder? Could you use a little extra support on campus?
Our Supported Education Program will allow you to make the most of your college experience by helping you get adjusted and connected to useful services. Achieve your educational goals, build strong relationships, and stay happy and healthy throughout!
The Teen Challenge Program is for at-risk youth ages 14-18. Some challenges teens may face today include: low self-esteem, lack of social skills, advancement of education, further development of life skills and/or job placement. The program addresses these possible challenges through weekly life skills curriculum meetings; vocational/educational mentoring for jobs and education; and community engagement involving community service projects.