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2010

  • 40th Anniversary of the Beacon Child Guidance Clinic.
  • 5th Anniversary of the Highbridge Clinic.
  • 5th Anniversary of the Non Secure Detention programs operated by Astor (previously operated by Pius XII).
  • March 11, 2010 — 7th Annual Public Policy Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Presenter, Anderson J. Franklin, was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • April 19-April 23, 2010 — the Head Start/Early Head Start Program went through a triennial review by the Federal Head Start Monitoring Team.
  • April 23, 2010 — Our Bronx and Hudson Valley Outpatient Clinics co-sponsored a conference, with New York University’s Child Study Center, on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) held at the NYU Langone Medical Center; many Astor professionals presented at the conference.
  • June 2010, the Highbridge Clinics moves to its new location at 1419 Shakespeare Avenue in the Bronx.
  • Orange County Department of Social Services awarded Astor funding to provide the Family Therapy and Support Services Program for youth adjudicated as Juvenile Delinquent (JD), Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS), and those at risk of out-of-home placement who suffer from psychiatric/emotional/behavioral issues.
  • In July, the Dutchess Counseling Centers established an “open access” process whereby prospective clients can walk-in to one of our centers between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and be given the next available intake appointment.
  • September 27, 2010 — Staff from the Astor Learning Center voted to be represented by NYSUT New York State United Teachers.
  • October 1, 2010 — Ribbon cutting for the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic at the Shakespeare Clinic in Highbridge.
  • October 5, 2010 — In response to the closing of the adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit at St. Francis Hospital, Astor applied and was approved by NYS Office of Mental Health to establish the Adolescent Partial Hospitalization Program for 12 youths, an intensive treatment program designed to keep adolescents in the community and prevent inpatient hospitalization.
  • October 26, 2010 — Annual Board Meeting – Election of Ann K. Armater and David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D. as Co-Chairs of the Board.
  • December 9, 2010 — Staff from the Poughkeepsie Day Treatment voted to be represented by NYSUT New York State United Teachers union.
  • A $200,000 grant from the Robin Hood Foundation enables us to expand our Transitions program.

2011

  • 45th Anniversary of the Red Hook Child Guidance Clinic.
  • 55th Anniversary of the Psychology Training Program.
  • March 2, 2011 — 8th Annual Public Policy Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Presenter, Dr. David Rudd, was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • June 2011 — Decision was made to close the Non Secure Detention program after we lost two contracts from our largest customers, Orange and Dutchess Counties.
  • June 13, 2011 — The Astor Home for Children Foundation, Inc. is renamed to The Children’s Foundation of Astor, Inc.
  • June 14, 2011 — Staff from the Head Start sites voted to be represented by NYSUT New York State United Teachers union.
  • September 13, 2011 — Ground breaking ceremony for new RTF.
  • October 18, 2011 — Award Ceremony – Astor received a Non-Profit Business of the Year Award from the Dutchess County Economic Development Corp.

2012

  • January 10-13, 2012 — The Joint Commission (TJC) made an unannounced visit; results from review were positive.
  • The Early Childhood Advisory Council has selected our Developmental Screening program in Dutchess County to be one of seven programs across the state considered a prototype for screening. We presented our work at a panel discussion on Transforming Early Childhood Community Systems to Improve School Readiness: the Role of Early Childhood Screening Systems held at Westchester County Medical Center. The program will be included in a paper that will be used to promote developmental screenings within the state. To support our screening work, the NYS OMH awarded two grants to Astor, one for Dutchess County and one for the Bronx for Early Recognition, Coordination and Screening.
  • NYS Office of Mental Health awarded funding for a 5-year period to Astor to provide an Early Recognition Screening program, a free, confidential, early-recognition and intervention program to partner with families, schools, and community agencies to screen children for early signs of emotional issues.
  • Orange County expanded the Family Therapy and Support Services Program operated by Astor and increased funding by over $100,000.
  • March 15, 2012 — 9th Annual Public Policy Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Presenter, Mark Katz, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • On April 3-4, 2012 the agency sponsored leadership training on the “Race Matters Tool Kit.” The program was part of our continuing effort to better understand the impact of race on our organization, staff and clients; and to learn about some concrete tools we can use to evaluate and change our organization.
  • October 2012 — Astor received an $80,000 grant from the American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) to develop and study early identification and treatment for young people who are at risk for psychosis.
  • October 26, 2012 — Dedication of new RTF building.

2013

  • January 5, 2013 was the 60th Anniversary of the admission of children to The Astor Home Residence.
  • 40th Anniversary of the Bronx and Dutchess Day Treatment Programs.
  • 35th Anniversary of the Head Start Program.
  • 30th Anniversary of the Residential Treatment Facility.
  • January 1, 2013 — Outpatient clinic services expanded to Ulster County. Astor began operating clinics in three locations — Kinston, Ellenville, and New Paltz.
  • At the February 5, 2013 meeting of the board, the Board of Directors approved the 2013-2015 Strategic Plan.
  • In March, the Dutchess County Department of Social Services awarded Astor a 4-year contract to provide intensive, home based Family Preservation services for families who are in crisis and are at risk of having their children placed in foster care. With this 2013 contract, the funding and staffing more than doubled from the previous contract for this service.
  • March 14, 2013 — 10th Annual Public Policy Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Presenter, Robert Brooks, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • April 1, 2013 — Astor was awarded the contract to operate Ulster County Department of Health’s Supportive Case Management program.
  • Astor was awarded the contract to provide Prevention Services for Dutchess County’s Department of Community and Family Services.
  • April 10, 2013 — Head Start staff voted to decertify its representation by NYSUT New York State United Teachers union.
  • May 2, 2013 — Staff from the Residential Program voted to be represented by NYSUT New York State United Teachers union.
  • May 6, 2013 — Astor held its first Wellness Event for staff at Locust Grove Estates; with 20 vendors and over 100 staff attending.
  • September 14, 2013 — The Hudson Valley Programs sponsored a Family Fun Day at the Mid Hudson Civic Center. The event was open to the public, but targeted families with children who have behavioral health problems. The theme was Raising Public Awareness to reduce Stigma. Over 35 community agencies were available to answer questions and promote their services.
  • On November 18, 2013 — The agency went live with Carelogic (E.H.R.).

2014

  • 40th Anniversary of the Bronx Child Guidance Clinic.
  • 45th Anniversary of the Poughkeepsie Child Guidance Clinic.
  • In April, the Red Hook Counseling Center relocated to a site in Hyde Park and shares space with the Children’s Medical Group, a local pediatric medical group that serves children from infancy to 21 years of age. A satellite counseling center is co-located at the Children’s Medical Group in Rhinebeck.
  • May 22, 2014 — 11th Annual Public Policy Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Presenter, Dr. Gilbert Fowley, was the keynote speaker for the event.
  • June 24, 2014 — The Board of Directors approved the merger of Astor Services for Children & Families and The Astor Learning Center.
  • October 19, 2014 — Astor, along with five other recipients, received the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Awards. These Awards recognize and honor individuals who make a significant contribution to society in the arts, education, citizenship, philanthropy, community services, and other humanitarian concerns that reflect Mrs. Roosevelt’s ideals. Dr. Jim McGuirk, Executive Director/CEO, accepted the Award on behalf of Astor, which was presented by Magee Hickey. This ceremony was also a celebration of the 130th anniversary of Eleanor Roosevelt’s birthday. The other honorees included Diana Nyad, Geraldine Laybourne, Lehmah Gobowee, Ambassador William J. vanden Heuvel, and Katrina vanden Heuvel.