Community & Family Services
Mission: Ionkwaio’takie aekhiié:nawa’se onkwe’shón:’a aonsahatikwè:ni ne skén:nen akenhake tsi tehonatawén:rie (We’re working along to help people that they can help themselves and find peace as they live and work each day)
The Community and Family Services (CFS) Division was formed in 2011, and was originally comprised of only a few programs.Over the past 5 years, the Division has taken on additional programs, and in 2016 is comprised of the following programs:
- Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR)•Child Support Enforcement Unit (CSEU)
- Family Support (Disabilities Services)•Home Improvement Program (HIP)
- Three Sisters (DV/Sexual Assault Shelter)•Office of the Family Advocate
The CFS Division is therefore comprised of 6 programs, 95 total staff positions, and a 2016 annual budget in the proximity of $6.25 million.
The vision for the Division is to seek out additional funding and resources in 2016, in order to expand current services where possible in future years, replace program supplements and reliance on the Tribal General Fund, strengthen program sustainability, improve training and knowledge transfer across the staff, formulate/strengthen local/regional/state/federal partnerships, and meet the demand for services from the Community with exceptional quality and care. Finally, work with the staff across the programs shall focus on self-care, team building, boosting employee morale, increased staff recognition, more information sharing, and responsiveness to their issues/concerns.
Provides day to day oversight to the Division operations, assistance with Community inquiries, including trouble shooting, advocacy, support, advisement, referral, direction.
Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
W. James Bay, CFS Director
Phone: 518-358-2272 ext. 2500
Projects and initiatives that shall continue into 2016 are:
Managed Care and Tribal Consultation – Continued dialogue with New York State DOH, OPWDD, and the Federal CMS representatives will center upon proposing a draft Tribal/State Disabilities Compact for consideration, and the development of an SRMT Policy on Tribal Consultation.
Application for Grants and Additional Funding – Domestic Violence Federal CTAS application is to be completed and developed in the 2016 new year for submission in February for potentially up to $900,000 across the next 3 years.In addition, the Family Advocate program will be submitting a CTAS grant application for Victims Assistance funding in the amount of up to $450,000 across 3 years, which is also due in February 2016.Additional research will be conducted in order to find opportunities to get funding for homeless shelter and emergency housing funds.
Strategic Planning – CFS programs will engage in Strategic Planning together in 2016 in order to map out a path for the next 3, 5, 7, and 10 years.
Continued Team Building, Employee Recognition, and Morale Building Efforts – CFS Director and Managers will make greater efforts in 2016 to engage with staff across the programs, to promote more information sharing amongst the programs for statistical data, to recognize hard work and effort of staff that go beyond the call of duty, to further train and educate the staff on best practices, to address staffing issues and areas of concern in order to create more confidence and satisfaction in the workplace, etc.
Completion of Family Support Capital Development Projects – The Family Support Building Renovation and Expansion project and the High Street IRA Relocation projects will continue to be worked on in the 2016 year with anticipated completion dates toward the spring of 2016.
Additional Programs Join CFS – The SRMT Home Improvement Program (HIP) and the SRMT Family Advocate Office will be joining the CFS Team in 2016, so work will be underway to get acclimated with one another, and planning will take place for objectives and goals to be completed across the 2016 year.
Community Outreach, Education, and Awareness – The CFS Division will be conducting further outreach, awareness, and education campaigns in the 2016 year through advertising and stakeholder sessions with local/regional agencies.As well, outreach events conducted by programs will take place throughout the 2016 year.
The CFS Division is evolving into a “go-to” resource within the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, and as we move forward into the future, our focus shall be on improving our staff expertise and training within their areas of specialty, identifying greater efficiencies in our program processes, raising our standards of care to exceed expectations, and maximizing the benefits of service that our programs offer to the residents and families of the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory.