Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518

jfitzmaurice@dutchessny.gov

Dana Hopkins

Coordinator of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766

dhopkins@dutchessny.gov

Deborah Disanza

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

(845) 486-2768

ddisanza@dutchessny.gov

Toni-Marie Ciarfella. Ph.D.

Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs

(845) 486-3434

tciarfella@dutchessny.gov

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 

(800-342-3720)

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Care Coordination ( previously known as Medicaid Service Coordination- MSC)

Care Coordination 

“Service coordination assists persons with developmental disabilities and their families in gaining access to services and supports appropriate to their needs. OPWDD delivers almost all service coordination through its Service Coordination program. Care Coordination is provided by qualified service coordinators, uses a person-centered planning process in developing, implementing, and maintaining an Individualized Service Plan and providers are independent of other OPWDD service provider agencies to ensure services are conflict free. Plan of Care Support Services (PCSS) is an alternative form of service coordination. PCSS providers assist individuals to review and update their Individualized Service Plan. PCSS is delivered by a qualified  Care Coordinator.” (OPWDD)

Currently OPWDD is planning on transitioning services from MSC to Care Coordination in 2018. More details can be found on the OPWDD website.