The time has come for parents of youth with psychiatric and emotional needs to join together for support, education, information and advocacy training!
Families Involved Together (FIT) was initiated in 1995 with N.Y.S. Office of Mental Health Reinvestment funds and in 2002, FIT received the "2002 Excellence in Resiliency Award for the Clinton County Fireside Chats" from Families Together in NYS, Inc.
Every parent needs someone to talk with. But, parents with special needs children in their homes have greater challenges to face.
The FIT Program assists parents with teaching, setting goals and supporting their child with psychiatric and emotional needs.
FIT helps families to:
- become empowered
- have stronger relationships
- work toward solid, attainable goals
- build self confidence
- provide structure
- understand and learn more about special needs youth
- have fun
The FIT Program also provides parents with the opportunity to help others as well as receive help. Your family will gain support from experienced family members who have navigated the system in helping parents to develop a strong voice in determining their own family’s needs. There is also continuous one-on-one support and guidance by a Family Advocate as well as advocacy services to help with interactions at school, social services, medical appointments and other services. The FIT Program is a creative and innovative sharing of resources to provide services to children and their families.
Currently, FIT is part of the Families Together in the Northeastern Region, a local chapter of Families Together in NYS. A strong part FIT's strategic planning is working with partners as part of NYS Success. The objective of NYS Success is to create a permanent cross-county collaborative network connecting systems of care with children and families. Systems of Care is a philosophy, not a progam. The Framework is a series of systems requiring partnerships with the common goal of developing a broad array and continuum of services and supports which are infused with the values of: Family-Driven and Youth-Guided, Community-Based, and Cultural & Linguistic Competence.
To learn more about the Families Involved Together Program (FIT) call (518) 561-1767 or click here.
To access our current Clinton County Family Resource Directory click here.