Parent to Parent Regional Offices are staffed by people who have walked the walk and are available to help other families:
The organization’s parent-matching program is based on a model program used across the country. Parent to Parent assists a parent, who has a child with a developmental disability and/or special health care needs, by locating a volunteer support parent who has a similar experience. When a family initially receives a diagnosis, the emotional response can be overwhelming. Talking with another parent is an excellent resource with helping come to terms with emotional acceptance. You are not alone.
View Parent to Parent of NYS Regional Offices using our MSNavigator Mapping Tool.
Single Point of Access (SPOA) is part of the NYS Office of Mental Health's (OMH) 2000-2001 initiatives designed to expand the county's existing community based mental health system and help make it a more cohesive and better coordinated system. The goal is to create a system that promotes recovery-oriented services, which are widely available, flexible, personally tailored and responsive to individual needs. Individual's preferences will be integrated into the process. All referrals and transitions between programs and services will be entered into a database, in order to monitor who receives services, who does not, alternative recommendations, and the actual mental health residential and case management needs. There will be periodic reassessment and monitoring of an individual's need for a particular level of care/service.
SPOA Coordinators connect people with serious mental illness to mental health services.
This web page provides links to the following transition tip sheets:
Starbridge offers a wide variety of resources and services. Please view the Starbridge website to learn more.