This month, we chatted with Mary Marranca-Hood (Associate Director of Community Support Services) and Laneesha Eve (Mental Health Community Program Manager) of the Arc Erie County to learn more about their work in the community and role in the Erie County Wraparound Vendor Network.  Founded in May 1954, they have grown to a staff of nearly one thousand employees.

“We serve the intellectually disabled population from birth to death and the Mental Health population 7-21, along with those who are medically fragile, intellectually disabled, and serious emotionally disturbed in Foster Care.  We have been part of the Erie County Children’s System of Care and the Vendor Network since 2004 when the network was developed.  Wraparound is a service designed to ‘wrap around the entire family’ building on a family strength-based model to reduce stress, focus on strengths, and rebuild the family to keep them together.

The rewards of being in the Network are to serve families and build relationships across the county.  Some challenges are the many changes and staying abreast of funding streams and the redesign of services.  The Arc is unique in its role as we have a reputation and an array of services to serve both the intellectually disabled and the mental health population.  Our area of expertise, focuses on medical, and physical challenges along with an array of services ranging from Respite to Supported Employment opportunities.”

Thanks to Mary and Lanesha for their thoughtful responses and to the Arc for being a part of our network!