Ulster County Profile

County Lead

Judy Dagirmanjian, Ulster County Mental Health Department and co-lead Jessica Pierce, Family of Woodstock jdag@co.ulster.ny.us and jpierce@familyofwoodstock.org 

SOC Team

Ulster County Department of Mental Health
Ulster County DSS
Ulster County Coordinated Children’s Services
Ulster County Probation Department
Family of Woodstock, Inc.
Mental Health Association
Ulster County BOCES
Parsons Child & Family Services
Concerned Parents for Mental Health
Parent Support Group Online
Taconic DDSO

Demographics

Approximate population – 182,100, 90% White, 6% Black/African American,2% Asian and <.05% other, median age – 42.5, 20% under the age of 18, 12% of individuals 5 yrs of age and older speak a language other than English at home, median income – $58,590 (10% of households earn less than $15,000 annually)

Goals

  • Expand core group of parents involved in SOC
  • Establish Family Centers in local schools to better support youth and families within their community
  • Build the capacity of child / family serving providers in the community
  • Develop cultural & linguistic competence within the SOC in Ulster County

Overview

Ulster County is one of 12 Upstate NY counties that volunteered in July 2011 to take part in a pilot project funded by NYS OMH. In October 2012 these same 12 counties became the first cohort to participate in the NYS Success system of Care (SOC) Learning Collaborative.The Ulster County SOC Committee wanted to focus on transforming a parent’s self-image from one of a service recipient to a positive change agent who provides lasting positive outcomes for his/her child, the parent, and the system. In March 2012 a county wide conference was held, “Parents as Partners: Taking the lead”, to educate the community on principles of SOC and to build on the goal of increasing parent and youth involvement in their children’s education and service system. The conference was well attended and parents found it to be very informative. Funding from NYS Success helped launch the Parent Center in 2013 in the Kingston City School District (9th Grade Academy for High Risk Youth) and enabled the SOC Committee to develop a series of webinars based around key topic areas identified by parents through on-line surveys. Topics have included: Parent Advocacy; Helping to De-escalate Conflict in the Home; and helping youth in transition.

System of Care Expansion Planning and Implementation Activities

Training / Technical Assistance

  • The Parent Center held a cyber-bullying training for parents followed by a similar training geared towards students and school staff

Cultural & Linguistic Competence

  • 2/2/15 – 3 hr Cultural Competence Workshop facilitated by NYS Success consultant Lenora Reid-Rose. Workshop was NYS OASAS certified for CASAC credit.

Youth

  • YP! provided TA to county SOC lead
  • YP! participated in a webinar to educate youth, families, and service providers on the youths role in CSE meetings and on transitioning out of high school and into adulthood

Family

  • Families Together in NYS participated in a forum where parents and providers came together to discuss the state of the current service system in Ulster County. Topics covered were: disengaged parents; bullying prevention; and helping youth transition beyond high school