Bridges 2 Health (B2H)
780 Ridge Rd.
Lackwanna, NY 14218
Max Donatelli, MS,
Bridges 2 Health (B2H)
Health Care Integration Agency and Waiver Service Provider
Bridges 2 Health provides a coordinator and various services to foster families and families with children in the custody of OCFS. The purpose of B2H is to help children remain in their current home, be able to return to the home of a biological parent, or be adopted.
If you choose Baker Victory as your Health Care Integration Agency (HCIA), you will be assigned one of our Health Care Integrators (an HCI), who will complete assessments and service plans, and coordinate all services. Baker Victory offers the full range of B2H services, delivered by trained workers who are supervised on a regular basis. Families may choose from the following:
Family/Caregiver Supports and Services provides support to caregivers and help finding resources.
Skill Building provides support and mentoring, and teaches practical skills necessary to succeed at home, school, and in the community. It can take place in the home or in the community.
Day Habilitation teaches practical skills to individuals with developmental disabilities, when Skill Building isn’t appropriate, so that they can succeed at home, work or school, and in the community.
Special Needs Community Advocacy and Support provides families, caregivers, and school personnel with the information they need to better respond to the child’s needs and obtain appropriate services. The worker will help caregivers advocate for their child and will accompany them to meetings as needed. This worker can also work directly with the child to increase his/her success in the school setting.
Prevocational Services teach adolescents ages 14 and older the skills necessary to engage in paid work. The WAY Program at Baker Victory provides opportunities for adolescents to learn and practice employment skills.
Supportive Employment provides direct assistance to B2H participants as they perform in a work setting. The WAY program offers this service.
Planned Respite provides a short-term break for the family and child, and helps reinforce new skills. It may take place in the home or outside of the home, for a few hours or a full day.
Crisis Respite provides emergency short-term relief when a crisis occurs and the child and caregivers need time away from each other right away. It may take place for in the home or outside of the home, for a few hours or a full day.
Adaptive and Assistive Equipment pays for technological aids and devices that will increase the child’s independence, safety, and productivity.
Accessibility Modifications pays for physical adaptations to the home or vehicle that are needed to increase the child’s independence, safety, and prevent medical hospitalization.
The following services work together and may be provided by the same individual:
Crisis Avoidance, Management and Training helps families and children learn how to prevent crises and how to manage them when they do occur. Special attention is given to planning ahead for changes and significant events, which often trigger crises. Examples of areas this worker may help with are relationships, coping and parenting skills.
Immediate Crisis Response Services provides around-the-clock help during crises. Each phone call will be followed by a face-to-face contact within 24 hours.
Intensive In-Home Services (IIH) provides the follow-up after a crisis in order to help the family regain stability and keep everyone safe. The worker will help the family figure out what went wrong and how to get back on track.