Young And Older

NY Connects promotes independence and dignity, and supports those in need of long-term care and supports to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

NY Connects is information and assistance telephone service provided by New York state for people of all ages, who have ongoing health problems and needs. One such program is the early intervention program available from the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.

The New York State Early Intervention program is a statewide program to help families meet the special needs of infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Children ages birth up to age 3 who experience delays in any of the developmental areas are eligible. Services can include, but are not limited to, speech pathology and audiology, special instruction, occupational therapy, physical therapy, vision services and family training. Services may be provided in the child’s home or a community setting, such as a day care, play group or library. There is no cost to parents for this program.

In New York state, all counties and the city of New York are required by public health law to appoint a public official as their early intervention official. This official is the person in your county responsible for finding eligible children and making sure eligible children have a multidisciplinary evaluation.

Anyone can refer a child for an evaluation as long as the parent/legal guardian was consulted and she/he did not object to the referral. If you have any questions or to make a referral, please contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at 753-4788.

Chautauqua County Hospice provides a palliative care program for those facing a chronic illness at any age. Palliative care is a supportive interdisciplinary care approach focused on the treatment of pain and symptoms related to chronic life-limiting illnesses. Palliative care is not time limited and can be received with concurrent curative treatments.

Working with primary care physicians and the palliative team, people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), neurologic diseases, chronic renal (kidney) disease, congestive heart failure (CHF) and/or cancer may have additional symptom relief. Symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, depression, constipation and more can be difficult. The palliative team along with your primary care doctor can work together to provide relief and improve patients’ comfort. You may contact the palliative care program directly at 338-0033 for more information.

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NY Connects promotes independence and dignity, and supports those in need of long-term care and supports to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible. NY Connects is information and assistance telephone service provided by New York state for people of all ages, who have ongoing health problems and needs. This service is confidential and free and focused on the consumer’s needs and resources available to them. NY Connects can assist you even further by making referrals directly to several programs even while you are on the phone, saving you time and additional phone calls. Connecting people with helpful services and programs is what NY Connects does.

You can access Chautauqua County New York Connects in many ways to fit your needs. Email: ccnyc@co.chautauqua.ny.us, Mayville 753-4582, Dunkirk 363-4582 or Jamestown 661-7582. The fax number is 753-4477. You can even come to our main office location at 7 N. Erie St. in Mayville, in the HRC building at the county seat offices. NY Connects is brought to you by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging and the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.