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FAST is a cross system collaboration of county providers and school partners designed to be the "single door" for families to access home and community based supports.  The following are the providers we refer our clients to.

Cayuga Centers (Ages 0-8)

SafeCare is an evidence-based home visitation program that has been shown to reduce child maltreatment among families with a history or with risk factors for maltreatment. SafeCare consists of four modules: Health, Home Safety, Parent-Child Interactions, and Problem Solving and Engagement. All modules involve baseline assessments, training and follow-up assessments to monitor change. Staff members conduct observations of parental knowledge and skills for each module by using a set of checklists. Service providers and parents are trained using the SafeCare 4 process: Explain, Model, Practice and Feedback. SafeCare works with a family for 18-22 weeks.

Restorative Case Management (RCM)
Cayuga Centers (7-18)

The Restorative Case Management (RCM) Program provides evidence-based intensive case management to youth as an alternative to residential placement and to generate long-term behavior change. Case Managers, trained in trauma-informed practice and using a restorative justice approach, will provide 24/7 support to the youth and families and work in partnership with them to develop and implement individualized plans to meet their social, emotional, behavioral, environmental and safety needs. Case Managers will meet with the youth regularly and collaborate with schools, family courts and community-based programs to address the areas of concern.

Outcomes may include: 

  • Improved school attendance.
  • Reduced acts of running away.
  • Reduced physical aggression.
  • Increased ability to resolve conflict, problem solve and manage stress.
  • Increased ability to self-advocate and development of age-appropriate independence.

Parent Peers
Cayuga Counseling Services (Ages 5-17)

The objective of the Parent Peer program is to offer support and advocacy resources to parents. This includes concrete services, such as budgeting, parent education, development of communication skills and community awareness, as well as a parenting group and a grandparents group. Parent Peers are parents who have experienced emotional/behavioral problems with a child of their own. The first-hand experience facilitates the trust and partnership with parents. Parent Peers work with families an average of 6-12 months.

Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
Cayuga Centers (Ages 10-18)

FFT is a nationally researched and evidence based model of home-based family therapy. FFT therapists develop a partnership with the families, operating on the belief that all families have strengths and are doing the best they can at any given point. There are three phases of the intervention; Engagement and Motivation, Behavior Change and Generalization. FFT meets weekly with families for 8-12 sessions for mild cases and up to 30 sessions for more difficult situations. FFT works with families at risk and/or presenting with delinquency, family conflict, truancy, violence, substance use, gang related behavior and other behavioral disorders.


Multisystemic Therapy (MST)
Cayuga Centers (Ages 11-18)

MST is a nationally researched and evidence based model of home-based family therapy. The outcome driven therapy is based on identifying and working with the strength of the family to reach defined goals that will assist them in overcoming barriers. MST helps the youth and family define the multitude of systems affecting the adolescent life and begin the process to eliminate negative factors, and build positive elements that will change family behavior. MST has been adapted for youths who are abusing drugs and alcohol in a therapy known as MST-SA. The program also includes random drug testing, and the care givers are taught to spot and track substance consumption. MST is a short-term, but intensive intervention meeting with the youth and their family three times a week for 3-5 months with on-call availability.

Adolescent DBT Skills Group
CCCMHC (Ages 12-18)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills group is an open weekly group designed to educate, process and practice techniques that are extremely effective at helping teens manage overwhelming emotions. Based upon the four pillars of therapy, participants will learn Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Emotion Regulation, and Distress Tolerance skills. The average length of participation is 6 months.


Crisis and Planned Overnight Respite
Cayuga Centers (Ages 6-17)

Respite is a short term respite program provided by Cayuga Centers in a New York State Certified foster home or a residential setting. The goal of respite is to provide the youth and the family a therapeutic, safe environment for youth needing a short term (1-2 days) placement for various purposes. Reasons for respite can include, but are not limited to stabilization, de-escalation, family relief, or other issues. During a respite stay, Cayuga Centers staff coordinates all services required by the youth including, but not limited to, transportation to school, medical appointments, etc. in collaboration with the home based provider working with the family.

Care Management
Children's Health Home (Ages 0-21)

Cayuga County is working with four health homes; Children’s Health Home of Upstate New York (CHHUNY), CNYHHN, Inc., Encompass Health Home and Greater Rochester Health Home Network (GRHHN). Health Home is a care management service model designed to assist individuals in their recovery journey, utilizing person centered practices and best practice health promotion services.  Care Managers refer, oversee and coordinate access to needed services, assuring that all needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner.  The length of treatment varies, but is determined by a child’s CANS-NY acuity and progress towards treatment goals.