From a Dream to Reality

A 2-1-1 service for Madison, Herkimer and Oneida Counties had been discussed for more than 10 years, but its eventual delivery was rapid in coming once UWVGUA staff, Brenda Episcopo, CEO and Robin Robinson, Community Investment Director realized the impact it would have on the area.  Many community assessments had pointed to the need for a centralized information and referral system.  With the support of the membership of the Information and Referral Sub-Committee of the Oneida County Youth Services Council, Episcopo and Robinson explored how this dream could become a reality.  The Youth Council’s Information and Referral Committee soon transformed into the 2-1-1 Mid-York Committee. With their vision of a first-rate, accredited information and referral service in mind, the 2-1-1 Committee and UWVGUA staff quickly broadened the committee membership to encompass representatives from Madison and Herkimer Counties too.  Soon with the additional boost of funding from NYS and the guidance of 2-1-1 NYS and UWNYS, 2-1-1 Mid-York was a reality. 

2-1-1 Mid-York Committee
Like the original committee that had a vision for what could be, our work still is informed and supported by active volunteers.  The 2-1-1 Mid-York Committee continues its work today, committed to providing the best possible information and referral service to Madison, Oneida and Herkimer County residents.  Committee members help with advocacy for continued funding, public awareness initiatives and generating contacts to help us build the database.  If you are interested in joining this committee, inquire here.

2-1-1 Mid-York Advocates' Committee 
A second group, the Advocates’ Committee comprised of self-advocates, family members, peer advocates and professionals work to provide 2-1-1 Mid-York with customer-focused advice and feedback for DD InfoLink.  Funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, this specialty database provides details on resources designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.  The goal of this work is to provide a search-friendly way for individuals and families to connect with existing services and for the service community to gather information about what gaps in service exist.  This regional committee plays a key role in the continued refinement of the Developmental Disabilities Data base and shapes its marketing plan.  If you are interested in serving on this committee inquire here.

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