Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518


Dana Hopkins

Coordinator of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766


Deborah Disanza

Coordinator of Children’s Services and Children’s POA Coordinator

(845) 486-2768


Toni-Marie Ciarfella. Ph.D.

Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs

(845) 486-3434


If this is an emergency and you need immediate assistance please contact 911

Crisis Counseling, Support, Information & Referrals

Dutchess County HELPLINE 

Toll free: (877) 485-9700

Stabilization Center

(845) 485-9700

NY State Central Register for Child Abuse 


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100 Cups of Coffee

Chief of Police, Thomas Pape attended Dutchess County’s 100 Cups of Coffee at Taconic Resources for Independence and was inspired by Jessica Rainy self-advocacy for more accessible public events. Police Chief Pape returned to the City of Poughkeepsie’s offices, reviewed their existing policy and process of public event permits and with the support of the City’s Mayor Rob Rolison, made what seemed a small change that held a sweeping effect for all City public events.  Chief Pape added the criteria that applications to the City of Poughkeepsie  from those who wish to hold a public events needed to attest if their event is accessible or not. When the affirmative box is not checked Chief Pape follows up to learn why and how it can be.  Thank you City of Poughkeepsie for Thinking Differently!