Erie County Profile

County Lead

Michael Ranney
Commissioner of Mental Health
Michael.Ranney@erie.gov

SOC Team

Department of Mental Health
Department of Social Services
Department of and Probation
Youth and family advocates

Demographics

According to 2014 estimates, Erie County had a total of 920,694 residents. There were more Female (52%) than Male (48%) residents and the median age was 40.5 years old. The majority of the county identified their race as White (79%), followed by Black or African-American (13%), Asian (3%), and American Indian and Alaska Native (less than 1%).  Two percent (2%) of residents identified as ‘some other race’, and over 2% of residents identified as ‘two or more’ races.  Median household income, adjusted for inflation, from 2010-2014 was $51,050 with close to 15% of residents living below the poverty level.

*Please note figures may not sum to 100% due to rounding.

Goals

  • Develop youth voice / involvement at all levels
  • Advance Cultural and Linguistic Competence of child and family serving staff in the community
  • Continue work to integrate primary and behavioral health services
  • Engage schools, social services, and mental health agencies in response to increase of youth involved in juvenile justice system

Overview

Family Voices Network

Family Voices Network of Erie County is a system of care for children/youth experiencing serious emotional, behavioral and/or social challenges. The mission is to provide comprehensive, coordinated, individualized, culturally competent and cost effective community based services that support the children/youth and their families in order to maintain them in their home and community. Care Coordination services are planned and delivered with a family driven, strength-based focus using the wraparound process which creates collaboration between the children/youth, their families and a team they select.

Target Population:

  1. Children and youth ages 5-17 years old
  2. Parent, caregiver or legal guardian must reside in Erie County
  3. Child/Youth experiencing serious emotional, behavioral and/or social challenges
  4. Child/Youth at significant risk of hospitalization or placement out of their home or community, or
  5. Child/Youth currently in placement out of home or hospitalized and requires community based services/supports to successfully return home

System Of Care Expansion Planning and Implementation Activities

  • NYS SMHSA Grant – Test site with 10 youth/Families to utilizing High Fidelity Wrap Around with in a Health Home environment
  • Working Collaboratively with Care Coordination Agencies, Children’s SPOA and Health Home provide to support local successfully transition to Heath Home
  • Establishing a common practice in RTC/ Care Coordination model to support Shortened lengths Stays and successful transition back to home and community.
  • Exploring/developing EMR that support Children’s System of care practice models and data collection

Achievements

  • Sustained several components of original County level SAMHSA grant:
  • Family Advocacy
  • Youth Empowerment Leadership programming
  • Sustained 374 High Fidelity Wraparound slots through a woven model
  • Grown flexible vendor services to meet the needs of youth and families with in our system
  • Sustain at Practice to outcome model through the use of Data and Quality Improvement plans

Success Story

Youth have successfully completed Care Coordination services and has moved into a lead role for youth voice with in our Erie community and State.