Courtesy of David Giacalone
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Family and Child Service of Schenectady, Inc is a private, non-sectarian, non-profit which was established in 1930 as the initial project of the Junior League of Schenectady. The original mission was to help improve the quality of family life to families in distress within Schenectady.
Over the years the mission has remained relatively constant although the programs have changed.
Although the name says Schenectady, our program services reach into the greater Capital Region. FCSS has consumers in Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Schoharie Counties.
Family Support Services Program (FSS)
The FSS program has several components to it.
They are: respite care; community habilitation; family grants; Integrated Behavioral and Family Intervention Program.
Respite Care: This service provides supervision to consumers with developmental disabilities in order for their primary caretaker to take a break from the stress of providing full time care to a dependant with special needs.
Each consumer is assigned and is eligible for a number of hours of respite care to be used at the discretion of the consumer and their primary caregiver.
A trained and qualified homemaker provides a specific level of care as defined by the New York Department of Health as "Personal Care Level One".
Homemaker services include:
Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC)
MSC is broadly considered ‘case management’ services. Each MSC has a caseload of approximately 30 or so consumers diagnosed with “pervasive developmental disability’.
Most consumers have other physical and psychological diagnoses as well. Many of our consumers have inadequate financial resources and social supports.
Each MSC is considered the consumers primary advocate. Together with the consumer they develop an individualized service plan (ISP) that reflects the needs, goals and aspirations of the individual consumer. The MSC then begins to coordinate services and resources to help the consumer realize the needs, goals and aspirations of their personal plan.