For case management services, Dennelisse
accepts HIV affected families with children. For
homemaking services, Dennelisse accepts families referred through the NYC
Human Resources Administration (HRA, Division of Family Home Care (DFHC).
DFHC allows homemaker services for families classified as mandated
(children are either at risk of foster care placement or could be
discharged to their parents from foster care) or optional (other families
situations where preventive services are considered essential but are not
mandated) under the Child Welfare Reform Act. Families lacking funds to
pay for home care of children are financially eligible for service.
Receipt of public assistance has no effect on eligibility. The NYC
Division of Social Services provides the funding for homemaker services.
Case Management offers culturally sensitive
informational counseling to families in crisis. The intensive
case-management approach with HIV/AIDS—affected families includes
counseling and education on issues of entitlements, HIV and disclosure,
nutrition, lifestyle and sex practices permanency planning, new guardian
transition and bereavement.
Homemaker services provide child care and
home management when the responsible adult in a family is having
difficulty doing so and reinforces parenting skills and provides child
care assistance when children are at risk of being removed due to abuse or
SPECIAL STAFF TRAINING
In addition to New York State required
training, Dennelisse maintains highly successful education programs and
support groups, currently in English and in Spanish, for homemakers and
social work staff.
Special homemaker training has several
important benefits: 1) Dennelisse homemakers’ increased awareness of
trouble signals results in faster, more beneficial intervention in cases
of suspected child neglect and abuse; 2) they can act as positive role
models of parenting techniques; and 3) they disseminate preventive
information about HIV/AIDS in a population not generally reached by
mainstream prevention and education campaigns.
For social work staff, Dennelisse
emphasizes in-service education opportunities. By keeping current on new
ideas, data and techniques in their field, staffers increase their ability
to work productively with clients.
Support groups help all staff to
deal with fears and other emotions generated by HIV/AIDS and to counteract
THE TRANSAGENCY APPROACH
By sponsoring a Transagency Board,
Dennelisse is developing successful working relationships with many health
and human service institutions and community based organizations and
increasing its power to cut through red tape, coordinate community
services and improve the quality and accessibility of services to client
The transagency model enhances
communication among members agencies, provides checks and balances to
resolve problems and meet goals and functions as an advocacy base for