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Children & Family Support Program & Services

Sue Lunn, VP of Children & Family Support

Designed to provide families and caregivers with the tools and resources they need to deliver safe, comfortable, well-informed, and nurturing support to their family members in aspects of home and community life.

Participants of this program must be eligible under the DDS guidelines. For more information, see our brochure

Target Audience

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Children (0-13)

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Transition (14-21)

Adulthood (22+)

Golden Years (Retirement+)

Family Support Center

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Waystone’s Family Support staff work diligently to ensure that each of the families we serve receives the support and services needed to succeed. We are proud to be a state-designated Family Support Center for the Merrimack Valley.

Family Support services include:

  • Information and referral services identify local resources and service options available to families, as well as information about state-funded services for which families may be eligible (MassHealth, etc.).
  • Training and workshops are offered to youth and families on topics such as Social Security, MassHealth, Special Education, behavior management techniques, and English as a Second Language (ESL).
  • Networking events and opportunities bring together caregivers who share common challenges in supporting family members in the hope of creating a broader, natural support system amongst families.
  • Programs such as group-based art therapy, music therapy, and social skill development provide small group instruction led by a qualified professional to increase social skills and personal expression.
  • Recreation activities are also offered and are open to all enrolled families.
  • Limited funding resources are made available for the purchase of allowable supports and/or goods and services.

 

Contact Information:

Name: Elizabeth Grady, Director of Family Support Center

Email: egrady@waystonehhs.org

Phone: 978-685-9471 ex. 183

Intensive Flexible Family Support (IFFS)

Our Regional Flexible Family Supports Program (IFFS) provides intensive behavioral case management to families in crisis, with children ages 3-21. Our goal is to help create a supportive environment with families, in which their children can thrive.

Supports might include:

  • educational consultation to assist families with navigating special education system
  • behavioral consultation and parent trainings to help families not only manage difficult behavior in and out of the home but also create nurturing and long-lasting bonds with their children
  • referrals & information to other specialized services
  • discretionary funding to address a child’s needs

Contact Information:

Name: Sue Lunn, VP of Children and Family Services

Email: slunn@waystonehhs.org

Phone: 978-685-9471 ex. 157

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Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/Department of Developmental Services (DESE/DDS)

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These supports are designed to provide in-home and community-based therapeutic and behavioral support to youth aged 6-22. The intent of the DESE/DDS program is to build family capacity to prevent out-of-home residential placements. The program staff assists families in obtaining additional resources and supports, such as sensory or safety equipment and other in-home & community-based support.

Contact Information:

Name: Sue Lunn, VP of Children and Family Services

Email: slunn@waystonehhs.org

Phone: 978-685-9471 ex. 157

Turning 22 Program

Our IFFS Turning 22 program is available to families with adults 18 to the age of 22. Families receive guidance on how to navigate the service system as their children transition from school-based services to community-based programs for young adults. Support includes providing assistance with the DDS adult eligibility process, adult MassHealth application, Adult Social Security, guidance on Guardianship, and other state, federal, and community benefits.

Contact Information:

Name: Sue Lunn, VP of Children and Family Services

Email: slunn@waystonehhs.org

Phone: 978-685-9471 ex. 157

Adults with developmental disabilites

Latino Medical Program

Medical Model Homes

Our Medical Program provides support for family members with unique medical needs. Services include translation, liaison with physicians, pharmacies, intitial transportation to appointments outside of their community, and assisting families with setting up PT1 transportation.

Contact Information:

Name: Sue Lunn, VP of Children and Family Services

Email: slunn@waystonehhs.org

Phone: 978-685-9471 ex. 157

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