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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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 Day!

RSVP for the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Red Carpet Movie Day on November 9, 2019 at the Roosevelt Cinema in Hyde Park!

Doors Open at 9am for the 10 am show!  Find our flyer here!

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash with the Queen City Mile and First Friday in Poughkeepsie

Dutchess County’s Annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash is once again, collaborating with the City of Poughkeepsie’s First Friday and Queen City Mile event on September 6, 2019! Register soon for this amazing evening of ‘racing’, music, great food and dance party. Click here to register!

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Disability, Dream & Do Baseball Camp

Disability, Dream & Do Camp will be held on August 3, 2019 at 9:45am-1:00pm at Dutchess Stadium. All participants will receive tickets to the HV Renegades game on August 4th at 4:30pm. Space is limited! Please RSVP

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY 2019 Picnic

July 23, 2019 at Cady Field in Pleasant Valley, NY! The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Picnic is turning Cady Field into a sensory sensitive Circus Midway! The picnic is openfrom 11 am to 2pm! RSVP here!

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Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Training

Dutchess County “ThinkDIFFERENTLY”  in collaboration with OPWDD are hosting Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Training on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Department of Behavioral and Community Health’s Training Room at 230 North Road. Please see flyer MOLST 2019  to register.

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Spring Movie!

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ThinkDIFFERENTLY Spring Event with John Flowers Family Old Fashion Easter Egg Hunt

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Happy and Healthy New Year !


The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Calendar for 2019 is being finalized! We will be posting events soon! Other wonderful events ahead is on February 8, 2019,  Tim Tebow’s “Nite to Shine” and  February is also the month that we will be kicking off the Special Olympics of New York Summer Games in Poughkeepsie volunteer recruitment!

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Santa at the Galleria Mall

An American Sign Language interpreter will be on site at Poughkeepsie Galleria’s Santa set to assist with interpreting and translating services.  This special service comes as a result of a partnership between Taconic Resources for Independence, Dutchess County Government’s ThinkDIFFERENTLY initiative and Poughkeepsie Galleria. 


Sunday, December 16th 11:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday, December 23rd 11:00am – 1:00pm


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Collaboration of Services and Care Across the Life Span for People with Special Needs

Please join us Friday, November 30th at the Henry Wallace Center located at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park. This conference will guide families and providers through a series of discussions with a focus on planning for the care of someone with special needs. Our goal is to explore the benefits of collaborating and improving negotiating skills for services.

RSVP by November 26th

For more information please see Flyer TD Conference 2018

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