News Release

 

For More Information:

William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
Telephone:  (845) 486-2000
, FAX: (845) 486-2021, countyexec@co.dutchess.ny.us  

July 19, 2001

State Commissioner Says County Effort
Will Improve Services for Children

Poughkeepsie. . . Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announced the approval of the County’s Children and Family Services Plan (Integrated County Plan) for the period of January 1, 2001, to December 31, 2003, by John A. Johnson, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  In his letter to the County Executive, Mr. Johnson stated, “The inclusive planning process undertaken by your County will result in improved services, enhanced accountability and interagency networking.”

The Integrated County Plan is a State pilot project in 16 counties and New York City to strengthen local planning efforts for youth development and at-risk services for children, families and adults. The four key partners of the ICP Grant are the County Executive’s Office, Department of Social Services, the Youth Bureau and the United Way.

Mr. Steinhaus noted, “In my January, 1998 State of the County Address, I announced a new initiative called the Children’s Services Council (CSC) for residents to engage in a single, Countywide conversation to impact the health and well-being of our children, youth and families which was purposely linked to the County’s integrated planning process because of compatible missions.  Since that beginning, we established the Children’s Services Council as a collaborative body to provide the oversight and direction for the integrated plan that focuses on outcomes that are responsive to the needs of children, families and adults.  The Plan sets forth a framework for a continuum of services delivery system that meets the needs of our communities.”

The three-year planning process leading up to the plan’s development included the CSC Vision Conference, Public Town Meetings throughout the County, publication of the CSC Needs Assessment Document and public evaluation of the draft of the CSC’s first status report.  Last spring, the first Status Report on Children, Youth and Families was released as a County profile on 21 key indicators.  Over the course of last summer and fall, various coalitions and providers assisted in the development of the Plan’s strategies.  “We appreciate the active participation on the part of youth, parents, service providers, educators, businesses, the faith community and local organizations during the past three years to make this Plan an outstanding document that reflects the needs of our community,” said County Executive Steinhaus.  He added, “The goal of the Integrated County Plan is for families to provide children with safe, stable and nurturing environments and for Dutchess County to provide children, youth and their families with opportunities to help them meet their needs for physical, social, moral and emotional growth.  Through this effort, youth will be prepared for their eventual economic self-sufficiency and demonstrate good citizenship as law-abiding, contributing members of families, schools, and communities; adults in the community who are unable to live on their own will be provided the appropriate support services and residential placement.”

The Integrated County Plan, developed by the Department of Social Services and the Youth Bureau, is a comprehensive reference document and portions may be accessed through the County’s web site at http://www.dutchess.gov/youthb.htm.

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