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Monday, Jan 30, 2012

Berkshire receives grant from NY State Office of Children and Family Services


…Funding is for specialized services for children at high risk of abuse and neglect.

Canaan, NY – January 30, 2012 – The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has awarded Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth $314,716 to provide specialized services to children at high risk of abuse and neglect and their families in Columbia and Cattaraugus Counties. The funding will support Berkshire’s Pathways Program, a successful home, school, and community-based family preservation program model that is designed to provide at-risk children and families with the intensive services and support needed to keep these children safely in their own homes.

“Berkshire Farm Center is proud to have been selected to pilot this new program,” said Timothy Giacchetta, CEO of Berkshire Farm Center. “Pathways is one of a number of evidence-informed prevention programs we provide for children and families throughout New York State.”

The projected contract period is May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. The Pathways Program will collaborate with the Columbia and Cattaraugus County Departments of Social Services in order to provide services that align with each county’s priorities and strategies. Services provided by the Pathways Program include crisis intervention to stabilize the family; assessments to identify at-risk issues; home-based services to determine the root causes of these issues; development of treatment plans in conjunction with Cattaraugus and Columbia Counties; and overall support, nurturing, and guidance to help youth and families resolve the issues that place the youth at risk, so the youth can successfully and safety remain at home.

“We are looking forward to this opportunity to enhance our partnerships with Cattaraugus and Columbia Counties and continue to provide high quality, effective programs to the children and families in these Counties,” said Jim Dennis, Berkshire’s Chief Program Officer.

Berkshire Farm Center has been responding to community needs and developing partnerships with counties across New York State for more than 30 years. The innovative child welfare agency has customized and refined its programming to meet each county’s needs. As a result, these partnerships and prevention programs have been highly effective and supportive in helping Berkshire to achieve its mission "to strengthen children and families so they can live safely, independently, and productively within their home communities.”

Now in its 126th year, Berkshire Farm Center provides a broad array of statewide community-based prevention, group home, and foster care programs for thousands of New York State’s most vulnerable children and their families. Employing more than 700 clinicians, social workers, counselors, and support staff, the child welfare agency also provides residential-based therapeutic, recreational, and educational services for youth at its Residential Treatment Center in Canaan, New York. For more information, visit

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