Oswego Prevention Services
Oswego Preventive Services is a program that is designed to work with Oswego County families that have youth at risk of possible placement due to issues related to PINS or JD behaviors. Services are delivered from a strength-based perspective and work to develop partnerships with families to assist them with addressing issues that place the youth at risk. A primary belief of the program is that children learn best in the context of their own family, that placing a child out of the home is a last resort, and should only occur when all other options have been exhausted or when issues of safety are a concern.
In order to be eligible for services, families must meet the state guideline for Preventive Mandated Services. These guidelines state that there must be factors that put the child at risk for out-of-home placement. This can be either an issue with the child or with the parent. Referrals are made through the Oswego County Department of Social Services.
The program began operation in August of 2001. Caseworkers are assigned to Oswego, Mexico, Phoenix, Pulaski, Central Square and Hannibal school districts.
The program offers casework services to families. During an initial assessment phase, the program’s caseworkers assist families with identifying issues that place children at risk and then with developing goals to address those concerns. The program provides both home-based and school-based counseling services, crisis intervention, advocacy and referral to other support services in the community.
The program has seven bachelor-level Caseworkers; a full time bachelor-level Senior Casework and one master-level Program Supervisor. Services are provided based on the “Task-Centered Case Management Model” developed by the late Dr. William Reid from SUNY–Albany. At its core, the model is client-driven with the expectation that a team will be developed with the family to address the goals that have been developed.