Founded in 1837, Hillside Family of Agencies is one of the oldest family and youth serving non-profit human services organizations in the United States. The organization provides child welfare, mental and physical health, youth development, juvenile justice, special education and developmental disabilities services. Hillside serves children and families across central and western New York as well as in Washington, DC and Prince George’s County, MD. Hillside serves nearly 13,000 youth, adults and families each year. Hillside Family of Agencies includes Hillside Children’s Center, Stillwater Children’s Center, Snell Farm Children’s Center, Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and Hillside Children’s Foundation.
Hillside Children’s Center (HCC) is the largest family and children’s service agency in Western and Central New York. HCC programs and staff work in concert with other HFA affiliates, community organizations and partners to actualize Hillside’s mission. Hillside partners with youth, adults and their families to provide individualized health, education and human services through an integrated system of care. Hillside’s work is guided by a Philosophy of Service that includes being Family-Driven, Youth-Guided, Trauma-Informed and Culturally Competent.
Hillside began using CANS-NY in some of its community-based programs in 2008. Since then, various OCFS and OMH programs across multiple regions (including Bridges to Health, Therapeutic Foster Care, Customized Services and OMH Waiver) have transitioned to CANS-NY from other evaluation tools. Hillside 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.
Hillside works closely with Institute leadership to provide training, coaching, and technical assistance relationships with CANS-NY users in their region. Josh Nellist serves as the regional lead. Josh has over 16 years of experience working with children and families. Josh most recently served youth and families with the Bridges to Health program at Hillside and has special education teaching experience in a day-treatment setting. If you would like more information about support resources in your region, feel free to contact Josh.