ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Rural BEAR brings equal access to residents by providing innovative care coordination to children and youth who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties in the home, school, and community settings. Barriers in accessing mental health services, including affordability and long wait lists, are magnified for families living in rural areas due to geographic isolation and lack of transportation. A client Coordinator provides individualized care that reduces these barriers, making mental health care more accessible. Rural Bear staff provide a continuum of mental health care to children, youth, and families by identifying strengths, needs, and concerns. Families, community providers, and school staff all work together to develop an action plan for success.
Rural Bear serves all school districts in Broome County, New York.
Children, youth, and families welcome the opportunity to take ownership in their circumstances and work toward the following goals to enrich their quality of life:
“The Client Coordinator was able to do what no other case manager was able to do…reach my daughter. Her behaviors have done a 180. The consistent mental health appointments and the way the Client Coordinator was able to guide her in a non-threatening way proved to be the right mix. I am so proud of her and thankful for this program.” – Sara