WHAT IS THE KOOTENAY CYSN FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM?
THE KOOTENAY CYSN FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM PROVIDES SPECIALIZED SERVICES FOR FAMILIES OF CHILD AND YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS; INCLUDING THOSE DIAGNOSED ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM, OR WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, WITH FASD, WITH COMPLEX DEVELOPMENTAL BEHAVIOURAL CONDITIONS, COMPLEX MEDICAL CONDITIONS, OR OTHER SPECIAL NEEDS, SUCH AS AT-HOME SERVICES. THE SERVICES WILL INCLUDE IN-HOME ASSESSMENT, EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND SKILL BUILDING, AS WELL AS COORDINATION OF SERVICES WITH OTHER PROVIDERS.
THE FOCUS IS TO HELP THE CHILD AND FAMILY:
- MAINTAIN OR STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY’S INTEGRITY, INDEPENDENCE AND QUALITY OF LIFE
- REDUCE AND REPLACE CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS
- IMPROVE FUNCTIONING IN THE HOME, SCHOOL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS
- DEVELOP AND UTILIZE NATURAL AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTS
WHAT SERVICES DO WE PROVIDE?
- COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT, STRATEGY IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION
- INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELLING
- PARENT SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
- SCHOOL-BASED LIAISON
- EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL, AND INTERPERSONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT
- OBSERVATION AND FEEDBACK
- SUPPORT WITH INCREASING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- SERVICES ARE PROVIDED ON AN OUTREACH BASIS, ACROSS ALL ENVIROMENTS, IN THE FAMILY HOME, SCHOOL, AND OTHER COMMUNITY SETTINGS.
HOW TO ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
The Kootenay CYSN Family Services Program serves families of children and youth with Special Needs; including those diagnosed on the autism spectrum, or with developmental disabilities, with FASD, with complex developmental behavioural conditions, complex medical conditions, or other special needs; in the communities of the East and West Kootenays. Families are referred by specialized MCFD-CYSN social workers within the region.
Families seeking services are screened for eligibility by MCFD-CYSN social workers, who may then refer families that may benefit from the program services. Referals are screened by the Program Director, in cooperation with the Ministry CYSN program Liaison, and prioritised based on the criteria below:
- A child or youth within the family are eligible for MCFD- CYSN services.
- The parents/caregivers/families need to be willing to engage in and commit to a supportive and educational intervention process.
- The urgency of the referral and critical needs of the child or family (which must be responded to as a priority for service, and such response will be documented in the client’s file).
- The presenting issues, strengths, needs, abilities and preferences of the child, youth and/or family.
- The availability of staff caseload capacity to engage with a new referral.
HOW LONG DOES THE KOOTENAY CYSN FAMILY SERVICES PROGRAM WORK WITH FAMILIES?
Duration and frequency of service depends on the individual needs and goals of each family.
The decision making process regarding transition or discharge planning for children/youth and/or families admitted to the program is described above. The criteria for consideration of discharge/transition decisions include:
- Completion of ISP goals, and significant improvement in functioning in relation to the presenting issues/reasons for referral identified in the screening documents.
- Expression by the parents that they feel confident in their ability to support the child/youth in their care.
- Engagement or transition of the child or family in/to other services that will address their strengths, needs, abilities and preferences.
- Extended period of non-engagement in the program, where the child/youth or parents do not participate for an extended period or decline the services.
- Other criteria that may be identified by the referral agent, case management team or the specific child/youth or family.
Candice Henriques, Program Director
250 763 2977 ext. 120