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Family Engagement Unit

Family Engagement Unit

 

Purpose:

The Family Engagement Unit oversees different types of family meetings with the intent to involve families and natural supports in developing plans that will address the safety, well-being and permanency of their family members.

Goals:

  • To ensure that the families in York County have a voice and choice in their planning
  • To eliminate barriers in obtaining a meaningful plan and appropriate services in a timely manner
  • To provide a neutral service that empowers families to invest in positive outcomes
  • To encourage teaming and partnerships among families, natural supports, schools, community organizations, government agencies and service providers
  • To foster respect and acceptance of every culture among families, natural supports, schools, community organizations, government agencies and service providers
  • To encourage out of the box thinking and creative solutions for challenges that affect York County families
  • To identify strengths and realistic expectations so that everyone involved is effective and successful

 

Family Meetings:

  • Family Group Decision Making is a voluntary practice that empowers the family to be the decision makers so they will create and invest in a plan towards positive change.  FGDM is family driven with comprehensive preparation (2-4 weeks) prior to the conference so that the family is able to participate in “private family time” to discuss information shared and create a plan that will work for them without professionals input on how to develop that plan.   FGDM is the least restrictive family meeting and should be considered if the family is capable of coming together safely and effectively.
  • Family Team Meetings create a team of family members, natural supports, community partners/agencies and service to providers to develop an immediate action plan with the primary goal of collaborative and effective decision making.  FTM is a strength based, solution focused meeting with straight talk about concerns.  Critical questions are asked and answered by all team members so that a consensus can be achieved regarding the safety, well-being and permanency of the family members.
  • Child & Adolescent Service System Program serves as a bridge between multi-systems and families that focuses on the moderate to severe physical, mental and behavioral health of youth (birth – 21 yrs.).  CASSP is a voluntary practice that seeks to develop and coordinate a plan of care for the family to address complicated needs.  CASSP utilizes the teaming approach to ensure that service providers and families are following through with assigned tasks on the plan.

 

Family Engagement Unit Contacts:

Donna Creager - Program Manager
DCreager@yorkcountypa.gov
Phone: (717) 771-9095
Fax: (717) 771-9855

Endi Dabney, Coordinator
ETDabney@yorkcountypa.gov
Phone: (717) 771-9095
Fax: (717) 771-9855

Jamie Russell, Coordinator
JRussell@yorkcountypa.gov
Phone: (717) 771-9095
Fax: (717) 771-9855

Shawn Becker, Facilitator
SNBecker@yorkcountypa.gov
Phone: (717) 771-9095
Fax: (717) 771-9855
Karen Korte, Administrative Assistant
KSKorte@yorkcountypa.gov
Phone: (717) 771-9095
Fax: (717) 771-9855

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