ENHANCE (Excellence in Health Care for Abused and Neglected Children)

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Foster Care Services: ENHANCE
University Health Care Center
Map & directions
3rd Fl.
90 Presidential Plaza, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: 315 464-7250
Fax: 315 464-2051

ENHANCE (Excellence iN Health Care for Abused and Neglected ChildrEn) is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary clinic which provides comprehensive health care to children in foster care.

Our focus is in:

  • Pediatrics
  • Child psychiatry
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Social work

ENHANCE was developed as a cooperative venture by the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Child Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the Onondaga County Department of Social Services to serve the special medical, emotional/behavioral and developmental needs of this vulnerable population of children.

As part of their ongoing health care while in placement, all children seen at the clinic receive:

  • Mental health screening consisting of interviews with:
    • Child
    • Foster parent
    • Caseworker
    • Birth parent if available
  • Standardized measures of behavioral adjustment

Recommendations for treatment and/or further assessment are based on the results of the screening. A trainee involved with the ENHANCE Clinic will gain experience in diagnostic interviewing, developmental evaluations, and multidisciplinary consultation and will learn a great deal about individual and systemic issues in foster care.

Steven D Blatt, MD
Steven D Blatt, MD
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatrics

Karen M Dygert, NP
Karen M Dygert, NP
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatrics

Victoria Meguid, MB, BS
Victoria Meguid, MB, BS
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Pediatrics; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Child Abuse & Neglect; Immunization; Newborn Care; Well Child Care

Theresa J Morse, NP
Theresa J Morse, NP
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients

Ronald D Saletsky, PhD
Ronald D Saletsky, PhD
Diseases/Specialties/Treatments: Child Clinical Psychology; Acute & Chronic Diseases and Conditions in Pediatric Patients; Anxiety Disorders; Child Abuse & Neglect; Depression; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); more