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Building Resiliency for Youth Success

Educators, physicians, providers and a number of other community partners discussed what we can do as a community to mediate the impact of trauma and help youth become more resilient.  Simple things like listening to youth and going out of the way to address them and include them, can increase their self-worth and make youth more resilient to negative occurrences. We can all help youth understand that they matter to us, that we care, and that they are valuable beyond measure.  For more details read WXXI’s article and go to CCSI’s website.

From ACEs to Assets: Growing Resilience in Monroe County

On February 8th, CCSI partnered with Wilson Foundation, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and Monroe County Office of Mental Health to host a sold out event bringing together educators, physicians, providers and a number of other community partners to discuss how trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) impact the health and well-being of youth in Monroe County — and importantly, what we can do as a community to mediate the impact and help youth become more resilient.

Attendees watched the film Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, which set the stage for a review of data from the most recent Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  These data results illustrate the prevalence of trauma in our community – and how the accumulation of ACEs increases the risk for lower academic performance, issues related to mental health, substance use, violence, and suicidal thoughts or actions. Check out the article in the Democrat & Chronicle, as well as our CCSI website for more details.

Sold-Out Session on Thursday to Discuss How Adults Can Help Youth Build Resilience

More than 200 educators, physicians, advocates, and community members will be participating in a sold-out, four-hour session on Thursday, February 8, to dig deeper into how trauma and adverse childhood experiences impact the health, well-being, and success of Monroe County youth — and what they can do to help youth be more resilient.

Data and analysis from the most recent Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey will help set the stage for discussion from 8 a.m. to noon in the Memorial Art Gallery ballroom. This survey provides an understanding of the prevalence of trauma in local youth and how the accumulation of adverse life experiences (ACEs) directly increases the risk for poor grades and concerns related to mental health, substance use, violence, and suicidal thoughts or actions.

Understanding where the risk lies leads to new and important directions to intervene at the earliest stages by building resilience. In a groundbreaking step, new measures were included in this analysis that allows educators, community members, and all child-serving providers to hold themselves accountable for reaching the most vulnerable youth through asset development and collective action. 

To drive home the importance of action, the event will feature the new documentary
Resilience: the Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope. This evocative documentary explores three real-world examples of the positive impact of trauma-responsive care and resilience building. Through the lens of a primary care physician, a school, and a community services organization, discussion participants will see that this work is possible, vital, and changes lives.   Click here to read more.

Clark Family Scholarship

The Clark Family Scholarship provides financial support for professionals working in the mental health or developmental disabilities fields within an eight-county area surrounding Rochester (Monroe, Genesee, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates Counties) and who wish to pursue graduate degrees in their field.

The maximum award is $5,000 per year. Award amounts are determined through a committee review process, which takes into consideration academic performance, cost of attendance, financial need, and access to other available grants or resources.

The 2018-2019 Clark Family Scholarship applications can be found on the Rochester Community Foundation (RCF) website: Clark Family Scholarship.  The deadline for applications is April 15.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Monroe County

Thank you to David Putney, Director of Monroe County Office of Mental Health and Jason Teller, Substance Use Services Planning and Implementation Specialist for Monroe County Office of Mental Health for your presentation on 12/1 Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Monroe County. David and Jason provided an overview of the opioid crisis in our community, including what the County’s strategy includes to better address this community need.  They gave recommendations for what we can all do, as well as lists of resources. Resource links are provided below.

Click here to view their PowerPoint Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Monroe County

Monroe County Opioid Task Force Brochure

Monroe County OASAS Certified Treatment Providers

List of Recovery Services in Monroe County


Outsmarting Smartphones with Kids' Mental Health

Mental health issues among teens has been steadily increasingly and now a connection is being made with their increased smartphone use.  A survey by the Centers for Disease Control found teens who spend five or more hours a day on electronic devices are 66% more likely to have at least one suicide risk factor than teens who spend one hour a day. Teens are spending more time on their phones, dating less, interacting less with friends, and waiting longer to get their driver’s licenses.

Ginny Ryan from 13Wham sat down with Gwen Olton, Senior Consultant from CCSI’s Training and Practice Transformation team, to talk with her about the impact that social media and technology has on teens around depression and suicide.  Gwen talked about the importance of the relationships that teens are now missing out on, and shared that there are apps to help limit screen time and track how we’re spending time on our phones.  Gwen’s seminar Me, My Tech, and I is also a great resource for parents, teachers, teens, and anyone who wants to learn more about how technology impacts our thinking and behaviors, and what we can do out outsmart our smartphones.  Click here to register for Me, My Tech, and I.  Click here to watch the 13Wham News story to learn more.

Gwen followed-up to Ginny Ryan's report on Fox Rochester, explaining how a lot of the apps are often designed to purposely make the user spend as much time as possible interacting with the device, making it challenging to limit screen time.  She encouraged increasing face-to-face interpersonal interations to combat the negative effects of screen time.  Click here to watch Gwen's full interview on Fox Rochester.

Open Enrollment is Here!

November 1, 2017- January 31, 2018

We’re excited to kick-off our 5th Open Enrollment Period!

Open Enrollment for Qualified Health Plans starts November 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018. By extending the open enrollment period beyond the federal deadline, consumers will have the time they need to consider health plan options and decide which plan is best for them.

Many individuals who qualify for federal tax credits to purchase a Qualified Health Plan will see premiums for comparable coverage decrease in 2018. As always, consumers have many plans to choose from, and more tools, like the NYS Provider & Health Plan Look-Up.

Together, we can get more New Yorkers covered than ever before!! To schedule an appointment with a member of CCSI's IPA/Navigator team to discuss what insurance coverage you may qualify for, please call our appointment line at (585) 613-7662. 


WALK-IN Enrollment Session for January 2018 coverage

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
8:30 am— 6:00 pm
Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
1099 Jay Street, Building J, 2nd floor, Suite 203 A

Trauma-Informed Care – Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

TIC-OSAT is a strengths-based organizational self-assessment tool that provides organizations with a point in time “snapshot” of where they are in their journey towards becoming trauma-informed. The tool employs the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) 10 Implementation Domains as a framework for guiding survey participants through a sequence of questions to assess implementation of trauma-informed care practices within their organization. TIC-OSAT allows organizations to view aggregated survey results from their leadership and staff and display these results within a concise, real-time report along with recommendations for bolstering Trauma-Informed Care practices. Click here to learn more and register.