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Regional Interagency Technical Assistance Teams (RiTATs)

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Cross-Systems Child Serving Agencies


Regional Interagency Technical Assistance Teams (RiTATs) meet regularly and use cross-systems collaboration to address system level issues and support the implementation of the System of Care core values and principles within their agency or organization. Family and youth serve as full partners to share the experiences and needs of families and youth served by the System of Care, and facilitate problem solving at the program and policy levels.

The Team serves as a liaison between the New York State-level senior staff members with regard to improving cross systems collaborations. The RiTAT is committed to sharing information and delivering quality technical assistance and consultation to agencies and counties which will enable them to achieve better outcomes for children, youth and families. As collaborative initiatives have grown at the state level, it became evident that leadership and resources at both the state and county level were necessary. Collective and shared knowledge and expertise of the team are used to maximize efforts, avoid duplication and help support evidence-based programming.

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Contact Information/Service Locations

Central New York RiTAT


Denise Dyer, Central New York RiTAT Co-Leader

Katie Rushlo, Central New York RiTAT Leader

County(ies) Served:

Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence

Hudson River Regional Interagency Technical Assistance Team


Barbara Callahan, Hudson River RiTAT Leader

County(ies) Served:

Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington, Westchester

Long Island Regional Interagency Technical Assistance Team


Maryann Braithwaite, Long Island RiTAT Team Leader

Helene Fallon, RiTAT Co-Leader

Cheryl Williams, RiTAT Co-Leader
631-804-4342 (cell)

County(ies) Served:

Nassau, Suffolk

New York City Regional Interagency Technical Assistance Team


Jessica LeBeau-Richman, New York City RiTAT Team Leader
(212) 614-6356

County(ies) Served:

Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond

Western New York RiTAT


Jean M. Sadowy, RiTAT Leader Western NY

County(ies) Served:

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates


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