Purpose:

Compeer for Kids provides children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems with positive adult role models, socialization and support.

Services:

Compeer recruits, screens and trains volunteers who agree to spend an hour a week for at least one year in a one-on-one friendship/mentoring relationship with a child or adolescent who is receiving services to address an emotional or behavioral problem.  MHA staff works with volunteers and referral sources to develop appropriate matches and provides on-going monitoring and support.  Group socials, to which all volunteers and youth are invited, are held throughout the year.

Eligibility and Referrals:

The program is designed to meet the socialization, support and role-modeling needs of Cattaraugus County youngsters who are experiencing emotional or behavioral problems.  Referrals are accepted from therapists, caseworkers, psychologists, psychiatrists or school counselors.  A three-page referral or release form is required as part of the referral.

An application form, with references, is required from all volunteers.  All volunteers are carefully screened prior to being matched with a referred child.  Screening includes a police check and child abuse clearance.

Fee:  No fee to access this service.  Volunteer may incur costs for their own activities.

Contact Person:

Tammy S. Querns, Compeer Director
Mental Health Association, Inc.
Delaware Park Centre, N. Union Street,  P.O. Box 833
Olean, New York  14760
Telephone: (716) 372-0208  Fax: (716) 3720222
E-mail   
tquerns.mhacc@att.net