COVID-19 Announcement

In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis I want to address any concerns regarding its impact on our agency's operations. Be assured that Community Maternity Services is committed to maintaining safety while still providing critical services to our children, youth and families. We will continue to operate 24 hours per day, 7 days a week and have developed a plan that will meet the needs of our clients and staff while minimizing the risk of exposure for them and their families. All of our non-essential staff are working remotely from their homes. This plan incorporates the guidance we have received from our government agencies and complies with their directives.

Effective immediately our business continuity strategy includes the following:

  • Our residential programs remain open with additional health and safety processes in place. Nursing staff will provide ongoing education to clients regarding COVID-19 including prevention and infection control.
  • Our community-based programs continue to operate in agreement with the most updated information and are using teleconferencing, FaceTime and Skype where available and appropriate. 
  • Our facilities department has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols and is able to make additional changes when and if necessary.
  • Our Administrative team holds multiple daily meetings to share information, analyze new developments and refine procedures to comply with up-to-the-minute guidance. Agency staff receive ongoing updates as the situation develops.
  • We continue to modify procedures as new knowledge evolves with the health and safety of those we serve as our priority.

This is a fast moving crisis and we will keep you updated with new developments. We appreciate your continued support and thank you for your patience during this difficult time. 

Spring is coming and we will all get through this together.

Sincerely,

Anne Marie Couser
Executive Director

Capital Region

27 North Main Ave
Albany, NY 12203
Phone:  518-482-8836
Fax:      518-482-5805 
Michelle Schwenzfeier, MSW
Program Coordinator

Capital Region Outreach Services

Prevention Case Planning and Supportive Services:

Intensive case management services including home visiting, supervised visitation, referral/linkage with community resources, and assistance in goal planning/attainment for families referred by Albany County Department for Children, Youth & Families as at risk of foster care involvement.

Program Goals: Promote family safety and stabilization via services to mitigate risk of foster care placement for children and/or toward reunification following foster care placement.

Contact: Michelle Schwenzfeier, MSW (518) 482-8836 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-Adoptive Counseling Services for Birth-Parents:

Clinical counseling and supportive services including case management are provided for birthparents, of any age, considering adoptive placement of their child. These services are available to birthparents from Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga counties. There is no fee for service for birthparents and all services are confidential.

Contact: Peg Ellett, LCSW-R (518)482-8836 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

OMH Specialized Parent Education:

Three diagnosis specific parent education and support groups per year are offered to parents with SPMI demonstrated by an Axis I diagnosis. Groups vary but have included Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Schizophrenia in past cycles. Twelve week groups are offered in Fall, Winter and Spring. Child care, a meal and tokens for transportation are provided to participants.

Contact: Michelle Schwenzfeier, MSW (518) 482-8836 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kinship Care

CMS offers support groups, telephone support, advocacy, and parenting support families created by family members raising children of other relatives.

Support groups meet in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy

For more information, contact:
Kathi Lasch, MSW (Albany) (518) 482-8836 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Successfully Training Youth to Adolescence

Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence (STYA) is an after-school program for youth ages 9-12 who live in the 12206 zip code area. Funded by the New York State Health Department, STYA operates small and large group activities that are designed to assist youth in developing futuristic goals, enhance their academic and life skils and provide positive activities for youth so they can avoid premature sexual activity, teen pregnancy, and other negative activities in their home community.

All groups adhere to the principles of positive youth development and utilize the "Search Institute's" 40 Developmental Assests.

Contact: Peg Ellett, LCSW-R at (518) 482-8836 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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