The student will assist "consumers" of mental health services with
their "transportation problems." The assistance could range from
helping a client learn how to read a bus schedule to helping a client buy
a car, or puttingt together a plan in order to get a driver's license and
then purchase a car.
The primary "unit of service" for the student will be to work one-to-one
as a "Bus Buddy". The student will help the client(s) determine
his or her own "wants" and "needs" - i.e. where the clients
wants to go on a bus (including social, recreational, therapeutic, and educational
activities), how to read a bus schedule and map out a bus route, and how to
feel comfortable riding a public bus independently. This "serivce"
can last anywhere from three to four weeks per client or longer Many of our
clients (including Bus Buddy clients) also need help in purchasing CDTA Half-Fare
or SWIPER Cards, and students will assist with the same.
The experience is appropriate for any major, as long as the student has an
interest in working with people. A student in psychology or social work might
seem more appropriate than others. Supervision will be provided on an ongoing
basis. The supervisor has three years of experience doing precisely what the
student will be doing. The student will work alongside the Organization worker with
a client and vice versa until the student has the confidence and "comfort
level" to work with a client independently. Supervision will be provided
on a regular basis.
Person to contact : Joe Lemmond
Phone number : (518) 434-0439 Ext. 13
a program of the Mental Health Association of NYS held at CDPC
75 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208
The Organization is located on the New Scotland Ave. bus route..
Is accessible to people with disabilities.