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Parent Success Initiative (PSI):

A Greater Syracuse Works Employment Support Program for Non-Custodial Parents

Overview

Greater Syracuse Works and Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) received $3,947,065 for the US Department of Labor in 1999 to create and operate The Parent Success Initiative (PSI), a 4 year program targeting non-custodial parents in Onondaga County .  During that time the program served over 1400 non-custodial parents, placed 519 individuals into jobs, and was responsible for generating $2,295246.90 in new child support and arrears payments back to the County.  The programís innovative model has been recognized locally and nationally.  As a project of Greater Syracuse Works, the Parent Success Initiative has built a foundation of existing partnerships to create a neighborhood network of services and supports.

From 2004 until 2005, PSI operated under funding through the Onondaga County Department of Social Services.  Unfortunately, in 2005 the program was forced to close due to lack of sufficient funding.  PSI was then awarded funding in 2006 by the NY State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) as one of five pilot program sites in NY State. PSI was utilized by OTDA as the program model for all pilot sites operating under the Fatherhood Initiative. The state pilot program is slated to end in September 2009.

PSI Program Outcomes
as of April, 2009

 

Outcome

 

Federal

 

State

 

Total

 

Child Support Collections Generated

 

$1,843,246.90

 

$452,000

Over $2,295246.90

Total number of NCPs served

1494

555

2049

Number of NCPs referred to legal services

331

226

557

Number of participants completing family life skills education

 

NA

 

265

 

265

Number of employment entries

519

135

654

Average wage at placement

$6.75

$8.41

NA

 

Parent Success Initiative Contact List

Center for Community Alternatives
ESS: Ray Barnes
rbarnes@communityalternatives.org
 
Jason Bolton X 241 CRF
Supervisor: Mike Pasquale x261 
mpasquale@communityalternatives.org
115 E. Jefferson St Suite 300 
Syracuse, NY 13202                             
Phone: 422-5638
Hiscock Legal Aid Society
Attorney: Sally Hendrix x176
Phone: 422-8191
Fax: 472-2819
351 South Warren St, 
Syracuse, NY 13202
(legal provider site)
Westcott Community Center
ESS: Stephan Johnston
Supervisors: Steve Susman, Renee Murray
steves@westcottcc.org,
reneem@westcottcc.org
826 Euclid Ave, 
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 478-8634
Fax: 701-0303
(case management site)
Legal Aid Society of Mid NY
Supervisor-Dan Altwarg:  703-6605
Attorney: Gigi Meyers:  703-6651
Phone: 703-6500
Fax: 671-0062
472 South Salina St Suite 300, 
Syracuse, NY 13202
Dunbar Association, Inc
ESS: Steve Edwards
Supervisor: Dwight Rhodes

dwightrhodes@dunbarassoc.org
stevenedwards@dunbarassoc.org 
1453 S State St, 
Syracuse, NY 13205
Phone:  476-4269
Fax:
(case management site)                    
Childrenís Consortium
Supervisor:  Jennifer Sullivan Rost
jsullivanrost@childrensconsortium.org

Educator:  Curtis Williams
Phone:  471-8331
Fax:  475-2622
(Parenting Education)

PSI Project Office
Michelle Haab 470-4263
Jennifer Schafer 470-4265
Mike Gilman 470-4264
Fax: 470-4295

 

Syracuse Housing Authority
PSI Project Director, Rebecca Livengood
516 Burt Street
Syracuse, NY  13202
rlivengood@syrhousing.org

Phone:  470-4207
(lead agency)
           

Parent Support Program   
Coordinator: Aaron Arnold
Resource Coordinator: Tonya Younis
Phone: 671-2006 
Fax: 671-6082 
(Referrals from the court) 

 

For more information about PSI please contact Michelle Haab, Program Coordinator, at (315) 470-4263 or psicoordinator@aol.com  

Click Here for Strengthening Families Through Stronger Fathers Initiative: Lessons from the First Year of the Evaluation OTDA White Paper

Click Here for PSI Brochure