Ed Day, Rockland County Executive

July 26, 2021
Contact: John Lyon, Director of Strategic Communications (845) 638-5645
                Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, D.O., M.P.H., CPE, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512


A referral services for health and related areas for families of CYSHCN

NEW CITY, NY, - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert remind Rockland County residents about the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) Program, which aims to connect families to support networks that understand the challenges of caring for children and youth with special health care needs.

A CYSHCN program specialist is available to assist families with children from birth to twenty-one (21) years of age that have a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and requires health and related services beyond that generally required by children, make connections to available resources using various sources to make these connections such as the NYS Multiple Navigation System.

A few examples of conditions include intellectual disability, substance abuse disorder, autism or ASD, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy, arthritis, allergies, asthma, sickle cell anemia, diabetes, heart conditions, diabetes, depression, conduct disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, cystic fibrosis, head injury, Tourette syndrome, blood disorders, epilepsy, and vision or hearing problems. For more information about qualifying conditions, contact a Rockland County Department of Health CYSHCN specialist to complete an assessment.

"Through the coordination and delivery of medical, educational, and related services, CYSHCN can help provide the referrals needed to meet the needs of children and families, thus enhancing the child's quality of life," said Dr. Ruppert.

"Help is available! Specialists in our Department of Health are here to inform and connect your family with all kinds of available resources," said County Executive Day.

For more information, contact Nancy Haggerty at (845) 364-3394 or or visit