Pediatric Social Worker
Ms. Huss joined the Division of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics in 2010. Prior to that, her experience included community based service coordination and case management. She has years of experience in working with both children and adults with developmental disabilities.
She works with families in many of our different programs, including our Infant Toddler Developmental Program, Behavior Interventions for Families, our Kirch clinical services and Physical Disabilities Program, and our Southern Tier outreach programs. In addition she serves as a member of the Institute for Innovative Transition, providing information and resources to teens, young adults, and their families as they are transitioning to adulthood. She is also active with the URMC Department of social work, participating in the Social Work Student Intern Committee.
Roles and Responsibilities
Ms. Huss interacts with families both in clinic and through telephone calls. She is a member of our intake team. In this role, she talks with families at the time of referral, reviews their needs and concerns, and determines if the NDBP programs are best suited to meet child and family needs. She often suggests additional community resources or supports for families at this time.
She frequently assists Kirch patients and families locate needed resources and advocate for their needs. She supports families in applying for needed services and facilitates community connections. She provides specialized resources for families following autism diagnosis of their child, and during transition to adulthood.
Patient Care Profile
Ms. Huss’s approach to care is to help children and young adults become as independent as possible. She notes that when youth are empowered to make choices and be as independent as possible, they become more self-sufficient they can become as adults.