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Rockland County Youth Bureau
Blue Book

Dear Neighbors,

One of the best gifts we could give to you is an updated version of the "Blue Book" which has been so very well received in the past as it describes the services available to families in Rockland.

The book is a balanced resource directory which was last published in 1990.

I hope you find it useful and would welcome any comments, suggestions or questions regarding its usefulness.

Enjoy.

Sincerely,

C. SCOTT VANDERHOEF
County Executive


Introduction

Rockland County has an impressive array of resources for a County of its size and population. Its residents are fortunate that at the time the County went through its major, rapid population expansion several decades ago there were community members actively concerned about human services who advocated for programs and funds to support them. This enlightened foresight has served the County well.

Even with good and extensive human services, however, it is clear that not all of the people who are eligible for services find and use them. There has been a persistent problem of inadequate communication and coordination among and between service providers.

Impressive attempts to reduce the problem of inadequate communication have been made. The Information and Referral unit at the Pomona Complex, regular "Unified Services" meetings, Designated Assessment Service Teams, the Rockland Community Partnership, and various coalitions are among these attempts.

But the problem persists. We hope the "Handbook" will make a contribution to the effort of improving coordination. Our goal is to connect the young person in need with the service, if it exists. If it does not exist, we want to identify the unmet service need.

The Youth Bureau publishes and regularly updates a small pocket-sized "Youth Yellow Pages" intended for use by youth themselves (The most recent "Youth Yellow Pages" was published in 1994.). This "Handbook" is patterned somewhat after that youth guide and is meant primarily for use by adults who often come into contact with young people (clergy, guidance counselors, school community counselors, human services staff, etc.)

For the youth service "system" to function well, a two-way responsibility falls on everyone. Each service provider must see himself or herself as a mini-facilitator or "ombudsman" on a small scale and take time to help youth find the supports they need to develop fully. Secondly, we need to actively improve the effectiveness of our services and consider how they fit into the total youth service framework, of which our programs are but a part.

The ultimate goal is that our youth have a chance, that they develop to their full potential, and that they feel they have a stake in the society around them.


 

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