The Autism and Mental Health Initiative is a collaborative effort between families, individuals and family focused agencies to raise awareness of the mental health needs of people on the autism spectrum and bring the necessary state, federal, and county resources together to create appropriate mental health care services.

Autistic Mental Health

Autism is not a mental illness. Autism is classified as a neurodevelopmental disorder. Autistic people can, and do, develop mental illnesses. When they do they, and their families, need access to appropriate care and the support of clinicians trained in the mental health needs of people on the autism spectrum.

The lack of understanding that autistic people can also experience mental illness often leads to a breakdown in support and service delivery. The lives and the mental health of autistic people and their families matter. We can choose to do better.

Families

Families need the support of coordination between state agencies, health care providers, mental health care providers, social services, schools, and nonprofit agencies.

Their lives are more than worth the investment of breaking the silo mentality that stifles innovative outreach to families and individuals who need support in accessing mental health care.

Clinicians

Research indicates that clinicians (psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health counselors, etc.)  are willing but ill-equipped to meet the  mental health care needs of autistic people. Primary care physicians, pediatricians, and their staff are also ill-equipped to connect families to any services that may exist in their communities.

In Onondaga County of New York state, there is 1 mental health clinician for every 202 residents. An apparatus for connecting these clinicians to resources for providing appropriate mental health care to autistic people does not yet exist.

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Resilient CNY is a collaboration between Sanchia A Callender Inc, Art Music People, and NeuroDiversity Consulting, raising awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the impact of trauma across Central New York communities. We work to bring a trauma sensitive approach to all areas of our communities building a stronger more vibrant Central New York.

Compassionate Schools

Recognizing and mitigating the effects of trauma in the school setting are key factors in building vibrant communities. Resilient CNY is committed to supporting transformation in the Syracuse City School District. Every student and adult deserves to feel safe and cared for so that trust is restored between students, school staff, and families and learning remains a nurturing experience.

Shop Amazon Smile to help supply materials for our ACE, trauma, and resilience program with Parent University of the Syracuse City School District during the 2018-2019 school year.

Vibrant Community

In Syracuse, NY an entire community lives with the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and trauma everyday. Awareness is not enough. Bringing together stakeholders in the community Resilient CNY not only raises awareness but equips individuals and organizations to address trauma, nurture resilience, and create a vibrant Syracuse in the heart of Central New York.

 
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We provide a fun relaxed environment for families living with autism, related conditions, and other developmental disabilities to explore their creativity together.

Arts and crafts are a favorite pass time for many. We created this opportunity so families can share the fun together.

The Women’s Information Center at 601 Allen St, Syracuse, NY 13210 are our hosts every second Saturday of the month.


Volunteers who donate their time and resources make our work possible. Support our program by shopping our Amazon Smile list.