Who We Are

Cardinal Hayes Home for Children is a not-for-profit agency pro­viding residential care and treatment for young people who are  developmentally disabled. CHHC is sponsored by Franciscan Missionaries of Mary and is affiliated with Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York. Children of all races, creeds and socio-economic backgrounds are equally considered for admission. Our agency accepts ambulatory and non-ambulatory young people who are severely physically and intellectually disabled. Some have a diagnosis of autism, others have cerebral palsy, epilepsy or neurological impairment. Our nursing staff and direct care workers have considerable experience in the care of medically fragile children. There are one hundred nineteen young people in our residential programs.

Cardinal Hayes Home campus facility is located in Millbrook, New York, a small village about 75 miles north of New York City and 15 miles east of Poughkeepsie. The Millbrook campus is on 62 acres of land in a peaceful, serene setting in central Dutchess County and is easily accessible via major routes.

The Millbrook Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) is home for sixty children and young adults, either in the main building or in six handicapped-accessible homes on campus. The agency also operates five Community ICFs in Dutchess County.  Each of these homes has ten resi­dents. There is 24-hour staffing on the Millbrook campus and in the community homes.

Our IRA (Individual Residential Alternative) Program Offers 3 separate apartments (2 bed, 3 bed and 4 bed) providing supervised living for 9 young adults with complex care needs.

Hayes Day School (aka Cardinal Hayes School for Special Children) provides special education programs for many of the children who reside at Cardinal Hayes Home.  Through contracts with public school districts, our day school also accepts special needs children who live at home with their families. Chartered in 1984, the school is cer­ti­fied by the New York State Education Department. The school is conveniently located in the Village of Millbrook.

Day Habilitation Services provides a broad range of activities and learning experiences for young adults with severe developmental disabilities. The program offers therapeutic opportunities to develop confidence, build self-esteem, enjoy meaningful relationships in the community, participate in work/volunteer activities and benefit from life skills training.