Statewide Family Support Services Committee (FSS)

Statewide Family Support Services Committee (FSS)

About the Committee

The Statewide Family Support Services (FSS) Committee was established by sections 13.05 and 41.43 of the NYS Hygiene Law. The statewide committee has a representative from each of the local Family Support Services (FSS) Advisory Councils across the state.  The local councils are made up of individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members. They plan, coordinate and monitor the delivery of Family Support Services across the state. The Family Support Services Program helps families who are caring at home for a relative with a developmental disability by providing aid to the caregiver, enhancing family stability and preserving family unity. 

More information about the Family Support Services Councils

 

Upcoming public meetings

Meeting Recordings and Agendas

 

Membership

The statewide committee is made up of one representative from each of the 19 local Family Support Services (FSS) Advisory Councils across the state.

Member, County of ResidenceBackgroundDistrict
Karen Eichensehr, SteubenFamily MemberRegion 1: Finger Lakes - South
Chris Palega, MonroeFamily MemberRegion 1: Finger Lakes - Monroe
Ann Scherff, GeneseeFamily MemberRegion 1: Western - North
Crystal Vossler, AlleganyFamily MemberRegion 1: Western - South
Gayle Pado, Tioga (Co-chair)Family Member; FSS DDAC representativeRegion 2: Broome
Janice Fitzgerald, FranklinFamily MemberRegion 2: Sunmount
Samantha Pierce, OnondagaFamily MemberRegion 2: Central - West
Margaret Raymond, MadisonFamily MemberRegion 2: Central - East
Scott Brady, SchenectadyFamily MemberRegion 3: Capital
Maria Suchy-Kozak, WestchesterFamily MemberRegion 3: Hudson Valley - Westchester
VacantFamily MemberRegion 3: Hudson Valley - Orange, Sullivan & Rockland
VacantFamily MemberRegion 3: Taconic
Kathleen Nowak, Staten Island (Co-chair)Family MemberRegion 4: Staten Island
Debra Greif, KingsFamily MemberRegion 4: Brooklyn
Aliya Hussein, QueensFamily MemberRegion 4: Bernard Fineson - Queens
Mary McGuire-Weafer, New YorkFamily MemberRegion 4: Metro - Manhattan
Tina Veale, BronxFamily MemberRegion 4: Metro - Bronx
Mary Fasano, NassauFamily MemberRegion 5: Long Island

Local Advisory Councils

Nineteen local Family Support Services Advisory Councils made up of people with developmental disabilities and their family members help plan, coordinate and monitor the delivery of Family Support Services across the state.

The Statewide Family Support Services Committee is made up of one representative from each of the nineteen local Family Support Services Advisory Councils and advises OPWDD regarding families’ support needs and the design, implementation and monitoring of Family Support Services.

If you would like to learn more about the local Family Support Services Advisory Councils or the Statewide Family Support Services Committee, or if you would like to get involved, call 866-946-9733. 

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