In our northern counties, Elmcrest Direct Support Professionals work with the children in community-based programs. These boys and girls may have mental health, substance abuse, and/or behavioral health needs. Program goals help to identify strengths, provide therapy, and build relationships to help youth develop coping skills.

Staff professionals encourage these children to try various activities for learning experiences —and just for fun. In Oswego County, Rich Suphan opted for outdoor exploring and brought his group to Sterling Nature Center. These girls were eager to investigate the aftermath of water and wind. What is that strange arrangement of nature?

In Oneida County, Dalla Kozak encouraged the youth in this program to stay active — indoors. He arranged for swim time at the community pool. This young man needed no further encouragement for his enthusiastic leap. Chills and skills from up north.