Two visiting faculty from the Medical University of Lublin, Poland (pictured above, center) received a tour of Hillside’s Creekside Day Treatment program on Tuesday, July 11. The educators are in upstate New York as part of a partnership between the Medical University of Lublin and St. John Fisher University’s Golisano Institute for Developmental Disability Nursing, to learn more about innovative integrated practices benefiting youth and adults with developmental disabilities.

Hillside’s Creekside Day Treatment, a collaboration with Monroe No. 1 BOCES, is a unique regional program that offers academic and vocational education in combination with mental health treatment for children dually diagnosed with intellectual disabilities and severe mental health challenges.

“It’s so important to find ways to meet the complex health, developmental and educational needs of these young people,” said Holly Brown, Hillside’s Senior Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner as well as an Associate Professor with Fisher’s Golisano Institute. “We’re really pleased to be able to meet with our colleagues from Lublin—sharing ideas is essential to helping raise the bar for integrated services everywhere.”

The Fairport-based Creekside program serves eligible youth who are residents of Monroe and surrounding counties. Students are referred to Creekside by the Committee on Special Education in their local school district.

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