Social Services (DCFS):Institutional Care and Detention

Institutional Care and Detention

Dept. of Community & Family Services (DCFS)
Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Commissioner

The Institutional Unit is responsible for arranging for detention when this is needed for PINS or JD youth, for providing intake services for children court-ordered into Dept. of Community & Family Services (DCFS) custody through PINS, JD and voluntary placement petitions, and for providing ongoing case management for children placed in institutions, group homes and therapeutic foster homes with which we contract.

The Family Court remands boys and girls ages 7 to 16 to detention settings to await hearings in Family Court on petitions of Juvenile Delinquency (JD) or Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS). A Case Manager/Coordinator supervises the placements, transports children to court hearings and conducts the home studies for new detention homes.

Often the children are placed on an emergency basis directly from court. The police make placements nights and weekends with consent and assistance from the Case Manager.

We contract with the City of Poughkeepsie for secure detention and with Pius XII and Berkshire Farm for non-secure detention beds. Secure detention coordination services are provided by Pius XII through a contract.

Telephone: (845) 486-3230
Fax:  (845) 486-3238