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Beyond The Tip of the Iceberg

February 2021

Astor’s Director of Analytics, Dan Korovikov, Psy.D., was asked by the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center  of New York to put together two presentations.

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Report on Impact of COVID

February 2021

Lessons Learned: Challenges and Successes of New York’s Behavioral Health Provider Agencies During the Pandemic

Report on Impact of COVID Finds that Behavioral Health Agencies Saw 77% Increase in Demand While Losing Over $500,000 On Average

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2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency

January 27, 2021

Guidestar Platinum Transparency 2021 sealAstor Services for Children & Families has earned a 2021 Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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A Parent’s Letter: Astor Services Staffer Aids Autistic Child While Grocery Shopping

February 12, 2021

A Note About An Exceptional Employee

A Parent’s Letter: I hope this message will reach whoever should hear this great work and kindness one of your employees had shown.

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Astor - Open Minds Organizational Profile


Founded in 1953, Astor Services for Children & Families (Astor) is a community-based, non-profit provider organization that provides mental and behavioral health and education services for children and families in New York. The organization is accredited by the Joint Commission.

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Virus Spurs Telehealth Remedy at Astor Services

April 8, 2020

Almost overnight, Astor Services was able to roll out dramatically new ways of reaching its clients literally without skipping a beat. Naturally, in these times, the emergence of the coronavirus played a significant role in the changes. As the virus was forcing the closure of many businesses last month, Astor Services was able to quickly pivot from mental health clinical services done on a face-to-face basis to telehealth services now provided primarily through Zoom conferences, FaceTime and phone. The change kept clients and staff, working remotely, safe and secure while needed services were uninterrupted.

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Yvette Bairan named Chief Executive Officer

January 6, 2020

Yvette BairanAstor Services for Children & Families has appointed Yvette Bairan as its chief executive officer (CEO) effective January 6, 2020. Ms. Bairan has been serving as interim CEO of Astor, after former CEO, James McGuirk, PhD., stepped into a new role as president of The Children’s Foundation of Astor in July 2019.

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Suicide Prevention: Recognizing Red Flag Behaviors in Youth

September 6, 2019

Starting school can stir up a multitude of emotions, whether a child is new to a building or moving up to the next grade. While many children are able to approach the new year with positive expectations, some struggle to adjust and grapple with worry and concern over what lies ahead. Between academic pressures, social obligations and change in general, turning over a new leaf can be tough.

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McGuirk Appointed President of Astor’s Children Foundation

July 11, 2019

James McGuirk, PhDAstor Services for Children & Families has appointed James McGuirk as president of The Children’s Foundation of Astor.

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Treating Trauma by James McGuirk, PhD

November 29, 2018

At age seven, Edward, watched as his mother Alma (real names withheld for confidentiality) endured the pangs of an abusive relationship. Though she would later succeed in extricating them both, Edward’s life was marked with trauma.

He lashed out at school, fought with his siblings at home, and his behavior at school worsened. Alma became overwhelmed and didn’t know how to respond properly to calm him down.

Things began to change after Edward was enrolled in an Astor Services for Children and Families treatment facility in the Bronx. 

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Adopt-A-Family Program Seeks Donors

October 17, 2018

Donations Brighten the Holidays for Astor’s Deserving Children in the Hudson Valley and the Bronx

Astor Services for Children & Families is helping to brighten the holidays for children and their parents through its annual Adopt-A-Family program. The program, which runs until December 9th, matches families in-need with new gifts bought by volunteer donors. Together, Astor and community members gave away gifts to more than 1,400 children in the organization’s programs and their families during the 2017 holiday season.

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Look for signs of depression and help save a life


The suicides of successful celebrities earlier this year has been a stark reminder that more support and understanding are needed for all people that struggle with depression and mental illness — celebrities, every day folks, disadvantaged adults or children and anyone else. Locally, too, many families continue to grieve for family members who take their own lives. Too often, suicides in the recent involved adolescents.

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Astor earned a Silver Seal of Transparency on GuideStar

July 30, 2018

Astor Services for Children & Families earned Silver Seal of Transparency

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TFA’s Genn Moves into Expanded Position

June 12, 2018

Tompkins Financial Advisors (TFA) has announced an expanded role for Senior Trust Officer and Vice President, John P. Genn III.

In his new position, Genn handles not only the administration of new trust and estate accounts under his purview, but also those of existing trust and estate accounts with TFA in the Hudson Valley and southern Pennsylvania.

Genn serves on the Board of Directors for Astor Services for Children & Families.

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Astor Learning Center Recognized as a NASET School of Excellence

June 12, 2018

Astor Services for Children & Families has announced its Astor Learning Center (ALC) in Rhinebeck campus has been selected by the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) as a 2018-2019 NASET School of Excellence.

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Astor Services Accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal

May 29, 2018

Astor Services has been accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. Astor has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1974.

Astor Services has been accredited with The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval. The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit that accredits and certifies health care organizations and programs in the United States. Astor has been accredited by The Joint Commission since 1974.

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Cardinal Dolan Visits Astor

May 10, 2018

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, came to Rhinebeck on Wednesday to tour the Residential Treatment Center (RTC) and School at Astor Services for Children & Families, which provides treatment, counseling and support to families and children struggling with behavioral and emotional health problems.

The Cardinal was first greeted by eight Astor employees who have 30 or more years of service at the agency. “What happened, did you come here right after your First Communion?” joked the Archbishop of New York.

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Notre Dame Club and Community Members Revitalize Gardens at Astor Services

May 4, 2018

The Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley will participate in a volunteer effort to revitalize garden areas on the campus of Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck.

As part of the 2018 Hesburgh Service Initiative, the Notre Dame Club of the Mid-Hudson Valley participated in a volunteer effort to revitalize garden areas on the campus of Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck on May 5.

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Billie’s Medical Adventures helps teach pre-schoolers about common health screenings

April 30, 2018

Thank you to Catskill Hudson AHEC who created Billie’s Medical Adventures. The program, recently utilized at Astor’s Head Start in Beacon, uses puppets to familiarize students with a nurse prior to their required health screenings. It was a success! The puppets put the students at ease.

Billie’s Medical Adventures was created by Catskill Hudson Area Health Education Center (AHEC) in an effort to familiarize preschool and elementary age children with common health screenings to take the stigma out of a potential scary first-time medical experience for these young students.

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Astor Services Offers Clinical Suicide Training Workshop with Expert M. David Rudd, Ph.D

April 11, 2018

Astor Services is offering a five-credit Continuing Education qualified training session on suicide prevention and intervention for community clinicians that work with at-risk children. The April 25 event, “Hope as a Skill: The Assessment, Clinical Management and Treatment of Suicidality”, will be presented by M. David Rudd, Ph.D. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, 40 Civic Center Plaza in Poughkeepsie, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A skills-based workshop, the program will center on suicide risk assessment, clinical management and brief cognitive behavioral therapy for suicidal behavior, including a review of applicable empirical work, clinical examples and targeted role playing that address interventions demonstrated to reduce risk. Ethical issues and recommendations for documentation will also be reviewed.

Rudd is president of the University of Memphis. A Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, he also continues funded research, along with his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, as co-founder and scientific director. He has conducted research, written and presented extensively on suicide prevention and treatment of children and adolescents.

Cost for the workshop is $150, including continental breakfast, lunch, hotel parking and five Continuing Education hours for licensed social workers, mental health counselors, creative arts therapists and marriage and family therapists.

The registration deadline is April 18.

To register or for more information, contact Raven Maldonado-Brown; or (718) 231-3400, ext. 12245.

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