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NCJ Number: 70243 Find in a Library
Title: Special Care Homes - A New Beginning - A Program Planning Guide
Corporate Author: New York State
Dept of Social Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: New York State
Albany, NY 12243
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Practical guidance is given to help in the establishment of 'Special Care Homes,' which provide refuge and services for victims of domestic violence.
Abstract: In 1977, New York enacted legislation which permitted the establishment of Special Care Homes (temporary shelters, licensed by the State, with a minimum of seven beds, and operated for the benefit of adults and children victimized by domestic violence). The State Department of Social Services recommends that staffing of the homes be sufficient to provide 24-hour coverage of the shelter by a paid employee, while providing child care and supervision. Compliance with a variety of architectural specifications is necessary before an operating certificate can be issued. Steps for establishing and maintaining a Special Care Home are discussed, followed by a treatment of the following resident services: counseling, child care and supervision, recreation and developmental services, medical services, information and referral services, legal services, aftercare services, nutrition services and food preparation procedures, and security. Regulatory requirements affecting home operations are cited. Problem areas are discussed under the issues of accounting and financial assistance, dealing with building contractors, establishing relationships with community agencies, 'umbrella' organizations, employees, adolescent male children, security, admissions policies, children, and discharge plans. Sources of information and assistance for establishing a Special Care Home are indicated.
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child protection services; Domestic assault; New York; Procedure manuals; Shelters for Battered Women
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