Information for Referring Professionals

Any mental health professional is qualified to make a referral to our program. Please review our eligibility requirements and referral process below.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Age 8-16 (while at camp)
  • A formal mental health related diagnosis OR receiving mental health related services.
    • A wide range of diagnoses qualify:
      • The diagnoses we typically see include learning disabilities, ADHD, ODD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and higher functioning PDDs.
      • There are no established guidelines as to which specific diagnoses we can accept, rather Referring Agents are asked to keep in mind the child’s level of functioning; at camp, children will be expected to be self-sufficient in tasks such as bathing, dressing, and feeding themselves as well as keeping track of their own belongings. Children must also be capable of following simple instructions, interacting with adults and children, and sleeping in a room/tent with other children without constant supervision.
    • A wide range of services qualify: any child having an IEP, receiving any counseling (in school or out), or under case-management qualifies. Other services may also qualify and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Living in OR receiving services in Cattaraugus County.
    • Our funding is county-specific, so a significant presence in Cattaraugus County needs to be established. Among children who live outside of Catt. County, typically only those who are attending school within Catt. County will be eligible, however a determination can be made on a case-by-case basis.

Referral Process:

  • Beginning in April, referral documentation is mailed to the referring agents on our mailing list (or requested by referring agents not on our mailing list).
  • Once families have signed a release of information form, the referring agent can submit a referral directly to the camp office by fax or mail. (The release of information form is for the referring agent’s records; by receiving a referral, we assume that this paperwork has been completed.)
  • Once the referral is received at the camp office, a parent application is mailed to the family.
  • After the parent application is returned to the camp office, a determination of eligibility is made, and families are notified of their admission status.

We are strictly limited to 30 campers per season; Each year we receive to many referrals and are not able to serve all the youth we would like. Eligible children are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis so referring agents are strongly encouraged to get their referrals in early so that their clients/students will not miss the opportunity to participate in this program.

One Response to “Professionals”

  1. Patty says:

    Hi, I am wondering if you are still accepting applications for the summer camp? I have a 13 year old child that we are interested in referring. I do not have any referral forms.

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