Mission: The organization provides programs and services through which people of the community have opportunities for self-improvement through informational, cultural, inspirational, recreational and social activities without regard to race, nationality or creed. The organization also seeks to strengthen family ties, encourage community responsibility, provide spiritual and emotional enrichment and development opportunities by cooperating with other local agencies and groups in all lawful acts which may be necessary, useful, suitable, desirable or proper for the furtherance, accomplishment or attainment of any or all purposes of the center. The center also aims to establish, operate and maintain daycare facilities with the prior written approval of the new york state office of children and family services and own, lease, establish, operate and maintain one or more outpatient facilities for the mentally disabled as defined in the mental hygiene law.
Programs: Mental health - this program provides mental health services for children and adults and consists of several programs designed to effectively prevent and treat mental illness and crisis situations. The child and family clinic plus program has two state-licensed clinics in utica and rome designed to provide early intervention for children identified as in need of mental health treatment. In 2014, 1,000 clients were served in the utica clinic and 1,519 clients were served in the rome clinic. The health home model of care management promotes and improves the health and well being of the population served. This model ensures medical consumers with complex medical, behavioral and/or long term care needs are addressed in a comprehensive manner. During 2014 1,107 individuals were served. Adult recovery services provides specialized programs to enhance independent living skills, increase wellness and understanding of mental illness, and provide socialization and peer support for adults diagnosed with mental illness. Mobile crisis assessment team is a 7 day/24 hour basis program designed to ensure an immediate response to crisis situations to prevent escalation, assure safety, and provide linkages to mental health services to prevent crisis reocurrance. The program is totally mobile and it provides community centered services in oneida and herkimer counties. During 2014, 8,107 mcat interventions were performed. Intensive case management provides long-term, comprehensive services to children and youth ages 4 to 18 that have been diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness. In 2014 services were provided to 18 children and their families. The family ties program provides home-based, family focused, child friendly, strength based short term intensive counseling services for children up to age 18 and their families in the herkimer county. In 2014, services were provided to 27 children and their families. The assisted competitive employment program provides adults diagnosed with mental illness an environment in which they can receive job readiness skills and needed supports to enter or re-enter the employment arena. Participants develop the needed skills to foster independence and economic self-sufficiency and are designed to increase overall self-confidence. During 2014, 33 individuals were served.
day care - the child care program offerings include infant-toddler, pre-school, and school age childcare. At the neighborhood center, we truly offer much more than just outstanding child care- we offer memories, hope, skills, and become a partner with families to give children the solid foundation so critical in an ever changing world. In keeping with the goal of helping children develop to their fullest potential -socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically we have introduced the "creative curriculum" thereby enhancing and enriching the academic, socialization, and recreational components in our child care program. Additionally, we have incorporated a specialized approach called "rhyme time" that integrates reading, music, storytelling, song and dance activities to enrich and stimulate reading and language skills. We are confident that in using these innovative approaches and cutting edge models children will be better prepared and more successful in school. In 2014 our child care program served 215 children and their families. The day care registration program registers adults throughout oneida county who wish to provide care to small groups of children in a home setting. The program ensures that the home settings continue to meet state standards by monitoring the programs yearly. In total for 2014, there were 110 family day care homes throughout oneida county.
usda - this program provides reimbursement for meals served in daycare homes. The program also monitors the nutritional aspects of meals and snacks served in private day care settings. In 2014, 110 homes were monitored and served. In addition, this program also provides free meals and snacks to eligible students attending its own day care classes.