Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative

The Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI) is an interagency initiative that supports localities in creating systems of care to ensure that children who are at risk of residential placement remain at home with their families and in their communities. This principle guides a process of cooperative interagency planning that develops and delivers individualized services to children and their families.

CCSI Philosophy

  • Develop and plan for one child and family at a time
    Service plans are developed around individual needs, not program categories.
  • Provide supports and services in family and community settings
    Reduce over-reliance on restrictive and expensive out-of-home placements
  • Develop parent/professional partnerships
    Parents are involved at all levels of service planning and delivery.
  • Use strength-based approaches
    Focus on child and family strengths as opposed to problems or pathology.
  • Deliver services that are culturally competent Recognize that a family’s cultural background might affect the determination of appropriate services.
  • Provide care that is unconditional
    Embrace the idea that services are provided to all in need regardless of how, when, or where they come in to the system.


  • Coordination of a “child and family team” comprised of family chosen support persons all assembled to assess the family’s strengths, assess their needs (as prioritized by the family) and assist in developing an individualized service plan.
  • “Flexible” service dollars to purchase needed services and goods not otherwise available to the family.
  • Facilitate communication with community and state level teams regarding obstacles and barriers that families are encountering in implementing action plans.

For Further Information Contact:

Heather Starks, LCSW
1099 Jay Street, Building J, Suite 201A
Rochester, NY 14611
Call 585 753-2697

Positive Behavior Interventions Initiative (PBIS)

Since 1991 the Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative of the MCOMH has partnered with two local school districts (Rochester and Spencerport), Monroe # 1 and 2 BOCES and Hillside Children’s Center to implement the practices of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in local schools.

PBIS is a U.S. Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs) sanctioned model designed to prevent and respond to school and classroom discipline problems, via school-wide systems that support staff to teach and promote positive behavior in all students. To date, 25 local schools and programs have been fully trained in all levels of the model (including wraparound interventions) and have enacted implementation strategies. Programs in the project cover the range of school options in the community, including elementary, middle and high schools, alternative education programs, mental health day treatment and residential programs.

The project has an established Administrative Team staffed by executive level representatives from each entity and a Coaches Team staffed by line level staff responsible for championing the effort in each district and building. Both groups meet regularly to ensure quality implementation of the model.

The project is closely linked to the NYS Education Department and Office of Mental Health’s statewide PBIS initiative that supports implementation of the model in pilot sites statewide.

For Further Information Contact:

Chuck Allan
1099 Jay Street, Building J, Second Floor

Rochester, NY 14611
Call 585 753-2664

Online Information

Learn more at New York State PBIS or

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