The Collaborative for Children and Families (CCF), a New York State not-for-profit corporation established in 2014 is a membership coalition that includes over 25 Community Based Organizations that serve children and families throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. CCF’s mission is to offer compassionate and comprehensive, high quality wellness and healthcare for children and families through a network of resources rooted in the communities we serve. CCF was designated as a lead Health Home Serving Children in 2016, and has been at the forefront of implementing care management services through its internal work and its collaboration with multiple partner systems across the healthcare industry. Currently, the CCF Health Home is the largest Health Home Serving Children in the downstate New York region.

Collectively, CCF serves over 80 percent of the youth in foster care in the greater New York City area and nearly 60 percent of the children and families receiving preventive care. On any given day, Collaborative members serve more than 35,000 children and families, providing foster care, preventive care, early childhood education, schools and educational programs, behavioral health, school-based mental health, case management, summer camps, after-school programs, respite and residential treatment. According to New York State Department of Health Projections, CCF will ultimately be responsible for over 62% of the State’s eligible children for enrollment in Health Homes.

CCF’s mission is consistent with the vision and goals for the statewide CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute. As a collaboration of many of the region’s most well-regarded child and family serving non-profit agencies, we are committed to ensuring that our members have access to comprehensive training and shared learning experiences, and that our member agencies’ use of the CANS-NY is competent, relevant, and used to collaboratively develop individual patient plans of care.

CCF is excited to be a part of the Institute’s Provider Collaborative, contributing to more meaningful and effective use of the CANS-NY throughout New York State. CCF works closely with Institute leadership to provide training, coaching, and technical assistance relationships with CANS-NY users in the New York City Region, Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Cynthia Schelmety is currently the Regional Downstate lead for the CANS-NY Technical Assistance Institute and the Lead Training Coordinator for CCF.  She has four years of experience with the CANS-NY tool and practices the TCOM approach in an effort to provide the most effective care for families.

As a coalition driven organization, CCF is fortunate to engage several of our member organizations by assigning dedicated coaches in each county we serve.  In addition, our CEO, Jodi Saitowitz is a certified CANS-NY coach who has two decades of experience with administering the CANS tool in various states across the country.

If you would like more information about support resources in your region, feel free to contact Cynthia Schelmety.


Cynthia Schelmety
P: 332.206.2877