Bridges to Health

Bridges to Health (B2H) is designed for children in foster care whose mental health, developmental, or medical disability causes them to be at risk of being placed in long-term institutional care. We provide services to children and families in the 14-county Central New York region, from Canada to the Pennsylvania border. Our B2H staff work out of our Binghamton, Cortland, Oswego County, and Main Campus offices.

Health Care Integrators (HCI) meet with children and families to assist them in a continuous process in which families communicate the needs of their children. Waiver Service Providers then provide direct services to those children based upon plans made to meet those needs. There are as many as 13 different kinds of waiver services, such as skill-building, respite, vocational coaching and crisis services, that could be provided. Services are provided in the child’s home or in the community and enable the family network (foster parents, biological parents and pre-adoptive parents) to be served along with the child.

To be eligible for B2H, children must be in the custody of the Department of Social Services or the Office of Children and Family Services at the time of enrollment. They must also be Medicaid eligible, and have an ongoing documented mental health, developmental, or severe medical diagnosis.

Our B2H staff work out of our Main office in Onondaga County, as well as in Broome, Cortland, Oswego and Jefferson County.

For more information on the B2H program go to www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/b2h or contact Brianna Dewhirst at Brianna.Dewhirst@dfa.state.ny.us.