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FCA Named As A 2019 Top Long Island Workplace

TWP_Long_Island_Portrait_2019_AW.jpgFCA has been awarded a Top Workplaces 2019 honor by Newsday. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC, a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

“The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”

Dr. Jeffrey Reynolds, FCA President/CEO, commented:

“At FCA, we get lots of awards, but this one is the most meaningful because our employees were the judges. That we exist in a heavily regulated environment with significant fiscal constraints and still rated as one of Long Island’s Top Workplaces speaks volumes about our culture, management practices, emphasis on wellness and mission-driven employees. The 135-year old FCA brand is not about our logo, our website or our brochures; it’s about our staff. I know that improving the lives of our staff improves the quality of our services, which in turn will help advance our vision of a better Long Island.“

FCA strivesTWP FCA award.jpg to make Long Island a better place for all to live. And that mission includes those who work for FCA. The organization believes that individuals should be able to live out their personal missions both within the home and at work. To be passionate about one's work means a continued enthusiasm, motivation and dedication day in and day out, and that is what FCA strives to foster and instill in staff.

As also mentioned by Dr. Reynolds, "we envision a space where everybody has optimal health, educational success and economic security. We are doing that not only for today but also so it can be passed down to the next generation." From improved work space, to employee benefit packages and work-life balance, FCA strives to make life better not only for their clients but those who are part of the FCA family.

About FCA

FCA is a not-for-profit agency helping more than 30,000 Long Islanders each year. For more than 130 years, the organization has worked to protect and strengthen vulnerable children, seniors, families and communities on Long Island.

FCA believes in the potential of Long Island - a place where no child, senior, family or community is left to struggle alone with barriers to health care, education, employment or economic prosperity. Long Island continues to be one of the greatest place in the world to live and raise a family for many; FCA exists to ensure that be the case for all.

About Energage, LLC

Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 58,000 organizations representing well over 20 million employees in the United States.

FCA has served Long Islanders since 1884 through some difficult and challenging times and we continue to do so today in ways that limit health risks to clients, staff, volunteers and vendors. We recognize that in times of crisis, community needs increase and we are called to do even more. That's why all of our programs remain open and our staff are working hard to support kids, families and seniors through these unprecedented times.

We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will continue to fine tune our response in the days and weeks to come. We are receiving daily bulletins from the state and county health departments, from NYS OFA, OMH, OASAS, OCFS and CDC. Based on what we have heard from them, we have listed below the current modifications to our normal programs. Also, the full FCA COVID-19 Statement is available on our homepage or in the Press Release section of our site.



ADDICTION, PREVENTION, TREATMENT & RECOVERY DIVISION

Family Treatment and Recovery Centers remain OPEN


  • Hempstead and Hicksville will be open with virtual services for normal business hours
  • Hempstead will have limited staffing onsite 9:00 – 5:00, Monday – Thursday; Hicksville will have limited staffing onsite 9:00 – 5:00 Monday – Thursday and 9:00 – 3:00 Friday
  • 1:1 counseling and group counseling available via phone and ZOOM, please work with your primary counselors to coordinate participation or contact the site directly
  • We are encouraging individuals to utilize phone sessions in order to reduce the number of individuals on site.
  • Peer Recovery Advocates and Care Coordinators will be available for peer support and to provide assistance with coordinating any community-based needs.
  • For Health and MAT appointments call the office to schedule an in person or telehealth appointment with the Doctor

Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center (516)486-7200

Hicksville Family Treatment & Recovery Center (516)935-6858


Prevention Services


  • Prevention team is available for individual counseling via phone. Please email efungkhee@FCALI.org to schedule a session with one of our counselors today.
  • Educational and support materials are being posted on the Prevention Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/substanceusepreventionsupport
  • Please contact Hempstead Family Treatment & Recovery Center at (516)486-7200 to speak with an onsite clinician for immediate assistance.

SHERPA


  • Sherpa teams will be working remotely at this time.  We will continue taking community and hospital referrals via phone.
  • Certified Recovery Peer Advocates are available to provide recovery support assistance and linkage to treatment and support services remotely.

Please contact Sherpa at (516)592-7385.


THRIVE Everywhere/THRIVE Nassau/THRIVE Suffolk


  • Both THRIVE Nassau and Suffolk sites remain open but with limited staff available
  • THRIVE will be moving services primarily to remote, virtual platforms - all upcoming groups and activities will be posted to THRIVE's Facebook page
  • Visit www.thriveli.com for updated information
  • Limited staff sessions available:
    Suffolk 2-8 ( on site)
    Nassau 12-4 ( onsite)

Please contact THRIVE Nassau or Suffolk with any questions.

THRIVE Nassau (516)765-7600

THRIVE Suffolk (516)631-822-3396

THRIVE@FCALI.org


CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS DIVISION


The following modifications have been made to service delivery within our Care Management, Health Home Care Management, Children & Family Treatment & Support Services (CFTSS), HCBS Children’s Waiver, Youth & Family Integration (Y-FI), Family Center Family Support and Family Center Respite programs.


  • All staff are working remotely.
  • Telehealth services are being used in place of face to face contact. This includes telephonic and video.
  • Group events will occur digitally. Families should continue to RSVP to events and further instructions will be provided by Family Peer Advocates.

For questions on any services or to reach your counselor of advocate call 516-485-5976 As always, if you are experiencing a mental health emergency please call 911.


PREVENTION & FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION


  • FCA’s 31 Main Street location is not currently accepting walk-ins. Client meetings will be taking place via scheduled appointments only.
  • All Lutheran Church Pantry referrals can call (516)485-4600 ext. 1221. All calls will be answered within 24 hours. Lutheran Church currently accepting electronic referrals only. At this time, the pantry is stocked and FCA is in daily communication. Should the status of the pantry change, FCA will be notified.

Credible Messenger:


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with the youth.  All youth have access to contact their FCA and CCMI workers Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516) 644-7528


Family First:


Clinicians are working remotely providing services and resources to students and families in the Great Neck North and Great Neck South High Schools and North Shore School District. Clinicians are working with the mental health teams of each school district to strengthen information being sent to parents and to connect school districts with FCA programs and services. Family First’s clinical psychotherapy services are being provided via telehealth and emergency appointments will be made with the approval of the Clinical Director, Marc Fernandez at 516-804-1010. Se habla Español.


Lynn Vanderhall Nursery Co-Op:


  • The Coop Nursery is closed until April 1as per the rest of the Nassau County Executive and the NYS Governor.
  • Staff are available to parents via phone to disseminate information and assess for needs. Ana Arriaza, Nursery Co-op Program Coordinator (516)213-0005 Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528

PACT


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with families with focus on parenting stressors and prevention measures in dealing with COVID-19. Monica Chuchon, Program Coordinator (516)329-5275 (Hablo Española)
Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528


SNUG


The SNUG Team are providing virtual individual sessions with all participants with focus on prevention measures in dealing with COVID-19. Lionel Charles, Program Manager (516)293-4194 Desann Brown, OVS Supervising Social Worker (516)712-4718 Donna Raphael, Senior Director (516)644-7528


Step Up to Opportunity


All staff are providing virtual workshops and individual sessions with the youth.  All youth have access to contact their SU2O worker. Donna Teichner, AVP (516)485-4289 ext. 1223
Messages responded to daily.


RESIDENTIAL SERVICES DIVISION


The Residential Services division continues to work together to ensure only essential staff is on site and that all programs are fully equipped with supplies


Detention Diversion


Program continues to provide services via telehealth.

Margaret Doherty, Program Coordinator mdoherty@fcali.org (516) 221-1310


Lakeview House


  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Sarah Constantinou, Program Coordinator sconstantinou@fcali.org (516)678-5991


Nassau Haven Emergency Youth Shelter – remains OPEN


  • Our Emergency Youth Shelter continues to operate and is screening all youth for COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines prior to entry into the program.
  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site.
  • Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures in the program and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Margaret Christy, Program Coordinator mchristy@fcali.org (516)221-1310


Walkabout for Young Men and Women


  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on distance learning schoolwork and recreational activities on site. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures in the program and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Andrea Kerr, Program Coordinator akerr@fcali.org (516)379-8251


West Nassau Residence


  • All current residents are remaining in the program with daily programming put in place to include a focus on recreational activities on site to keep residents engaged. Staff continues to follow CDC cleaning procedures and is monitoring residents closely for any COVID-19 symptoms in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • All external visitors are limited to specified family members, medical personnel and behavioral health specialists.

Cheryl Jenkins, Program Coordinator cjenkins@fcali.org (516)285-1151


SENIOR & ADULT SERVICES DIVISION


The FCA Senior Division is deeply concerned for the community at this time and are dedicated to supporting older adults throughout this crisis. We will continue to provide services in a modified way that protect the safety of each senior. Although we will not be physically in the office we will be responding to messages in real time, offering phone support and assisting with resources whenever available and possible. We will continue to provide up to date information and guidance.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Program

All support, counseling, education and services will continue via telephone or teleconference. If you need assistance or information please contact the program at: 516.292.1300 ext. 2264 or contact Regina Anderson, program coordinator via email at: randerson@fcali.org


EISEP Case Management and In-Home Assistance Program


  • Clients should continue to call the regular EISEP phone number 516-292-1300 and either dial their case manager's extension or for new clients they can leave a message by dialing “0”. Calls will be returned as soon as possible between 9AM-5PM.
  • Although there will be no face-to-face visits, FCA Case Managers are conducting regular phone calls and will continue to make appropriate referrals as indicated.
  • FCA is working with the Home Delivered Meals programs to continue providing service. If someone needs Home Delivered Meals or shelf stable food a case manager will perform a short phone assessment to confirm eligibility. Call the number above.
  • Every effort is being made to work with home care agencies and the Nassau County office for the Aging to provide in home services and support to the seniors of Nassau County.

Friendly Visiting


Friendly Visiting volunteers will continue to offer telephone assistance to clients. If you are in need, or know someone in need of social support, please contact Jessica DiCarlo at (516)743-2389 or jdicarlo@fcali.org.


HIICAP


The HIICAP hotline and volunteer counselors are available to provide information on all aspects of health insurance including Medicare Parts A, B, C & D and EPIC.


Pauline Andrews, Coordinator Phone: (516)485-3425 ext. 2322, Email: PAndrews@fcali.org

Barry Klitsberg, Assistant Coordinator Phone: 516-485-3425 x 2324 

HIICAP@fcali.org (516)485-3754


Should you not be able to immediately reach HIICAP personnel, your call will be returned within 24 hours.


Ombudservice Program


  • COVID-19 has had major effects regarding Long Term Care Ombudservice Program (LTCOP) ability to provide advocacy services to our residents. In order to protect our volunteers and the residents we serve in long term care facilities, LCTOP has decided to have all volunteers cease visits to their assigned facilities until further notice.
  • FCA Ombuds staff will continue to take calls and manage information, assistance and any grievances as usual.  If you have any questions or need to speak with the Ombudsman office for any reason, please continue to call (516)466-9718 ext. 1 or ext. 2.
  • In addition, it is state law that every facility post the NY State Ombudservice program number 1-800 855-582-6769 for assistance.

OMH Linkage Project


The following program modifications have taken affect:

  • Client assessments are being completed over the phone
  • Intakes are being completed over the phone
  • RN Nursing Assessments will be conducted over the phone
  • Providing case management & counseling via phone

Please contact Melissa Vasquez, Program Coordinator, at (516)292-1300, ext. 1245. Should you not be able to immediately contact our staff, please leave a message and someone will return your call within 24 hours.


Senior Financial Services


Any questions regarding senior financial services should be emailed to mmata@fcali.org. Messages left on our voicemail will be returned within 24 hours. Although there will be no in person meetings, we will be able to answer questions and offer guidance via phone in regard to taxes, budgeting, reverse mortgage and other financial concerns.


The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) staff helps Nassau County seniors and persons with disabilities to apply for federal home heating grants. Eligibility for this once-a-year assistance is based on household income. Each year, benefit amounts and income guidelines are determined by the New York State Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance. The program runs from mid-November until funding is exhausted. Cooling assistance is offered during the summer, based on funding, for income-eligible households with a medical need for air conditioning.


Clients in need of home energy assistance can continue to contact our phone number and a case coordinator will return your call within 24 hours (516) 227-7386.


SOS Elder Abuse Prevention and Support Programs



If you have been the victim of a scam or think you might be a victim of financial exploitation or crime please contact Manda Kristal at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2333 (mkristal@fcali.org). FCA’s Safe Observant Seniors Program staff will continue to provide uninterrupted assistance to victims of elder abuse. Although services will not be conducted face-to-face to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our clients, our staff will be available to provide support, education, guidance and connection to available resources by phone and email. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to call Nancy Burke at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2332 (nburke@fcali.org), or Anne Kilarjian at (516) 485-3425 ext. 2228 (akilarjian@fcali.org).