“A Community School is both a Place and a set of Partnerships.”- Jane Quinn
Community Schools are hyper-local. Partnerships need to fit each location. The partners listed below are just some of the long-time supportive partners helping our school districts develop school buildings that are Community Schools. Each school building needs to determine what supports students need. Partners grouped in the Wayne Partnership or Wayne MOST are always eager to help meet needs.
Wayne Behavioral Health Network
Before Wayne County used the Community Schools strategy to co-locate and expand other resources, Wayne County Department of Mental Health Director, Jim Haitz, had a vision for co-locating clinics to meet mental health needs of youth and families. Operating clinics in every school building in Wayne County, the Wayne County Behavioral Health Network has been a model of how co-location and cooperation can expand access to therapeutic care.
Wayne County Sheriff's Office
School Resource Officers (SROs) operate in many of our schools. They provide instruction on topics including bike safety, internet safety, and bullying prevention, and are recognized by students as a safe place to go. Our local evaluation finds that students report feeling safer in schools with our SROs. As an SRO Program takes root in a school, SROs spend more and more of their time mentoring and resolving conflict. Our SROs help kids stay in school and out of court, and Wayne County’s unique program is part of helping young people feel safe and supported.
With OASAS funding flowing through Wayne County Behavioral Health Network, and grant funding from programs like 21st CCLC and the help of WFL BOCES COSERS, Delphi provides a continuum of proven prevention programs like Second Step and Life Skills. Delphi Counselors are focused on prevention and education.
Finger Lakes Action Program
Head Start, STEADY Work, Afterschool Programs, and Family Supports are all operated by our local Community Services Block Grant lead agency. Finger Lakes Action Program, formerly Wayne CAP, has operated across the county since 1966 working with schools to serve families has been a constant aspect of their work. Now, through Community Schools, that focus has become more intentional and more nuanced so that we can better meet needs and address root causes.
Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes
With an emphasis on providing Trauma Informed supports, FCSFL focuses efforts on providing advocacy and supportive counseling for victims of crime including bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect are available for families and youth. Co-located professionals are placed in the schools using OVS Funding. FCSFL also provides backbone support for Finger Lakes Community Schools.
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