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Therapeutic Mentoring Services within our
Rural Outreach Program (ROP)

What is ROP?

F&CS Youth services were expanded in our rural communities in 2013, through support from the United Way and Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services. Just like DAP, the Rural Outreach Program provides youth with case management, mentoring and skill-building in recreational groups.  Unlike DAP, the Rural Outreach Program can be accessed by any child in a rural community who is struggling with mental or behavioral issues and has difficulty accessing other counseling or support services.
 
The Rural Outreach Program is supervised by a licensed, master’s level clinical social worker with experience providing mental health services to children and their families in clinical settings and in-home environments. The Clinical Supervisor oversees a team of undergraduate and graduate student interns as therapeutic mentors. This infuses the program with the latest research on child development, trauma, family engagement strategies, and on-going program assessment,
 
In its pilot year, the Rural Outreach Program served 10 children and their families for a total of 35 individuals. 

success stories

There is no cost to participants.  Transportation is provided.

Services include:
Weekly 1-1 Mentoring (Mentor Families model)
Skill building Recreational Groups after school
Community Resources Exploration
 
Youth are eligible who:
Attend school (1st through 12th grade) in Tompkins County
Live outside of the City of Ithaca
Exhibit behavioral or emotional difficulties
Have limited access to after school programming
Are not better served by OMH or DSS case management programs

For more information about DAP & ROP, contact Youth Services Clinical Supervisor, Marisa Matsudaira at (607) 273-7494.


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