Rural Outreach Program

F&CS Youth Services were expanded in our rural communities in 2013 through support from the United Way and Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services.

The Rural Outreach Program provides youth with case management, mentoring and skill-building in recreational groups. Any child in a rural community who is struggling with mental or behavioral issues and has difficulty accessing other counseling or support services can be referred to ROP.

  • Advocacy for rural youth and their families
  • Mentoring and parental guidance
  • Recreation and social skill development
  • Individual and family goal planning

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

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 ongoing program assessment. There is no cost to participants. Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact Youth & Outreach Services at (607) 273-7494.