Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518


Linda Monkman

Coordinator of Children’s and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766


Toni-Marie Ciarfella

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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Dutchess County Government can not guarantee that all events listed in the ‘Community Calendar’ and the”ThinkDIFFERENTLY” Events sponsored by Dutchess County Government calendars will be fully accessible.
Specific information regarding the ‘The Community’ calendar events can be obtained directly from that event’s organizer. Information on “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” events sponsored by Dutchess County Government’ can be obtained through our Contact Us form.

ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Event

Save the date! The first of three ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Days will be on May 12, 2018 at the Roosevelt Theatre in Hyde Park. Doors open at 9:30 am and the movie will begin at 10 am! Cinema dollars for popcorn and treats will be provided! More details will become available in April!

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Flowers’ Family & ThinkDIFFERENTLY Old Fashion Easter Egg Hunt

John Flowers and his elves with ThinkDIFFERENTLY team are hosting an old fashion Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday March 31, 2018 at Waryas Park, Poughkeepsie. There will be 7 different Egg Hunt times throughout the morning and the ThinkDIFFERENTLY sensory sensitive Bunny meeting children who would enjoy a quieter time for their Easter Bunny visit! The event starts at 10 am!

Easter Egg Hunt times by age:

10:00 am               1-2 year olds

10:30 am               3-5 year olds

11:00 am                6- 8 year olds

11:30 am                9-12 year olds

12: noon                 Wheelchair accessible hunt

12: noon                  13- 79 year olds

12:30 pm                80 years and older!


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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Annual Picnic

Save the date! The Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic will be on July 10, 2018 at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum in Hyde Park. This year the picnic will feature a “Farm Yard” theme and have opportunities to learn about agriculture and caring for a farm.  Opportunities to RSVP for this event will be forthcoming in May!

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Dutchess County Public Forum – Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health- Mental Hygiene Division

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