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Hillside’s Cristalli to lead board of NYS Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health

By Journal Staff


The New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health recently announced that Maria Cristalli, president and CEO of Hillside Family of Agencies, has been named president of the coalition’s board of directors. 

Cristalli has been a member of the Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health board since 2016. Her leadership of the board is a two-year term.

The Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health says it is dedicated to the advancement of children’s behavioral health services in New York state. The coalition advocates for nonprofit children’s behavioral health service agencies with policymakers in Albany regarding state legislation, regulations, and reimbursement issues.

Cristalli, who joined the Rochester–based Hillside Family of Agencies in 1991, was named president and CEO of Hillside in December 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Rochester with a master’s degree in Public Health.

Founded in 1837, Hillside Family of Agencies says it is “one of the oldest family and youth nonprofit human-services organizations in the United States.”

The organization provides child welfare, mental and physical health, youth development, juvenile justice, special education, and developmental-disabilities services across Central and Western New York and in Washington, D.C. and Prince George’s County, Maryland. It annually serves about 13,000 youth and adults.

Hillside Family of Agencies includes Hillside Children’s Center; Stillwater Children’s Center in Greene in Chenango County; Snell Farm Children’s Center in Bath in Steuben County; Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection; and Hillside Children’s Foundation. 

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