Family & Child Service of Schenectady hosted more than 100 guests at its annual Holiday Party on December 5th where a grand time was had by all! Music, arts & crafts, dinner, entertainment from the Puppet People and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus (bearing gifts for children and young adults alike) made for a truly festive evening for Agency clients and their families.
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.