Hillside Children’s Center Receives $1.1M Innovation Grant

Business Council member Hillside Family of Agencies has been awarded a $1.1 million grant from the New York State Department of Health for its affiliate, Hillside Children’s Center, to pilot a Proactive Respite Services model that will provide access to planned and emergency overnight respite care for 20-30 of the highest need Monroe County and Western New York youth in Hillside’s Home and Community Based Services program. The program aims to keep high-needs children and youth out of residential care and in their homes by providing families with short term periods of respite from the day to day demands of meeting their children’s behavioral health needs.

Hillside was one of 54 agencies awarded funding through the Department’s Balancing Incentive Program (BIP), and is one of the top four agencies receiving the largest award statewide.

The BIP Innovation Fund is designed to engage New York’s broad network of providers, advocates, and community leaders in developing systemic improvements that address barriers encountered when providing community-based long term supports and services across all populations of Medicaid beneficiaries in the State. The BIP Innovation Fund promotes provider expertise by offering eligible entities the opportunity to create solutions that impact the long term supports and service delivery systems required to keep high need children and adults out of unnecessary institutional placements.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant from the New York State Department of Health,” said Hillside Family of Agencies president and CEO, Dennis Richardson. “Respite as an alternative to hospitalization and emergency department use has been identified as a high need across New York State. Hillside Children’s Center is looking forward to providing planned and emergency respite for high needs children and youth in Monroe County and Western New York while also working to help save the state financial resources long term.”

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