Parents Support Group To Meet Wednesday

Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs, has announced its December meeting dates.

The meetings will be held this Wednesday at The Resource Center’s administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave., Jamestown, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Both meetings are from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

At the December meetings, Beth Jermain, The Resource Center’s support option administrator, will discuss Consolidated Supports and Services. CSS is New York state’s current self-determination program. It is paid for with federal and state Medicaid money and administered through the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Jermain will explain the basic process and how families can decide if a CSS plan is right for their son or daughter.

Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns. The Jamestown group meets the first Wednesday of the month, while the Dunkirk group meets the second Wednesday of the month. Information about supports available to children on the autism spectrum also will be shared at the Dunkirk meeting.

New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that organizers can have enough materials on hand. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children’s activities and support staff on hand.

For more information, call 661-1057 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176 for the Dunkirk meeting.