Our Mission

This project is a collaborative effort between Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) and  28 Local Health Departments (LHDs) across New York State (NYS).

To positively impact the lives of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and their families by assisting Local Health Departments (LHDs) in providing needed and appropriate services.

Westchester Institute for Human Development will:

  • Engage families and youth in meaningful conversations with our family specialists
  • Provide training and technical assistance to local health departments
  • Collect regional resources to create a resource directory for families and youth impacted by special health care needs.

We will we do this by:

  • Collecting information on regional resources for your county (Make a referral for our resource directory)
  • Conducting needs assessments for LHD’s
  • Engaging with families of CYSHCN to learn about their experiences (See our Recruitment Flyer for more information)
  • Providing technical assistance to LHD’s
  • Collecting and developing educational print materials for providers and caregivers
  • Developing Public Service Announcements and  webinars
  • Developing video vignettes about important health related topics

Who will we serve?

  • Families of children and young adults ages 0-21 years old with special health care need(s)

If you are interested in participating in our one of our family sessions, complete our Intake Survey to answer some pre-qualifying questions.

Our Intake Survey is also available in Spanish

For more information about this program, please contact rsc@wihd.org 

Regional Resource Guides

Mid-Hudson Region

Counties included: Ulster, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Rockland, Westchester

Mohawk Valley Region

Counties included: Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie, Fulton, Montgomery

North Country Region

Counties included: Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton

Southern Tier Region

Counties included: Broome, Chenango, Delaware

Capital Region

Counties included: Warren, Washington, Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Greene, Columbia

Long Island Region

Counties included: Nassau and Suffolk

New York City Region

Counties included: New York (Manhattan), Kings (Brooklyn), Bronx , Richmond (Staten Island), and Queens

Multiple Systems Navigator (MSN)

The Multiple Systems Navigator (https://www.msnavigator.org/) provides education, human services, and disability information for families and caregivers of children with special healthcare needs. The video to the right provides an overview of how to use the Multiple Systems Navigator.

Local Health Department (LHD) Webinars

Webinar #1

Topic: Supporting Families of CYSHCN during COVID-19!
Featured organization: INCLUDEnyc 

Webinar #2

Topic: Family-Professional Partnerships!
Featured organizationParent to Parent of New York State (PTP NYS) 

Webinar #3

Topic: Supporting Families with Mental Health Needs during COVID-19!
Featured organizationNational Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of New York State (NYS) 

Meet Our Team

  • Patrick A. Patrick, DrPH-Project Director
  • Jenna L. Lequia, PhD-Project Manager
  • Katie Myhren, MS, MBA-Project Coordinator
  • Angel Morales-Project Assistant
  • Caroline Smith-Project Assistant
  • Susan Burlazzi, JD-Family Specialist
  • Jeannie Hampton-Risucci, MS-Family Specialist