Pictured: Rachel Ludwig, Project Director of Chautauqua Tapestry.
MAYVILLE, N.Y.: A presentation on Chautauqua County’s system of care, Chautauqua Tapestry will be presented at the New York State Office of Mental Health and New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health Staff Development Training Forum. Tapestry provides supports, community education, and other resources and partnerships for children, youth, and their families throughout the county.
Rachel Ludwig, Project Director of Chautauqua Tapestry, will be sharing her experience, innovative practices, and models of excellence demonstrated in the 12 years the system of care has been in established in the county under the direction of the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene.
“It’s so exciting to have the opportunity to be recognized as a system of care expert,” said Ludwig. “I am honored to be selected to share Tapestry’s story to a statewide audience. I look forward to the next four years as we continue to build on our past successes and strengthen the services in our community for children and families.”
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) awarded the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene a six-year Federal Cooperative Agreement in 2008 to enhance services and formally establish Chautauqua County’s system of care for children and youth that have emotional and behavioral challenges and their families. A one-year extension was granted in 2014 and Tapestry received a formal expansion award in 2015 to continue though this year.
Last month SAMHSA awarded an additional $4 million grant over the next four years to the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene for to expand the system of care through Tapestry Resilience Initiative. With the new SAMHSA grant, the Tapestry Resilience Initiative will focus on two specific age groups of youth in the system of care. Young children (ages 0-8 years) who are experiencing serious emotional disturbance (SED) will be supported with activities and services that meet their needs and reflect the unique characteristics of families living in Chautauqua County. Simultaneously, college-aged students (18-21 years) in the transition to adulthood will receive engaging, educated, and integrated supportive care.
The goals of the Tapestry Resilience Initiative is to provide safe and engaging trauma-informed services to prevent mental, emotional and behavioral disorders; to identify and address concerns as early as possible; to strengthen existing collaboration among community groups; and to forge effective coordination to provide the needed supports and services for children, youth, and their families.