Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518

jfitzmaurice@dutchessny.gov

Linda Monkman

Coordinator of Children’s and Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766

lmonkman@dutchessny.gov

Toni-Marie Ciarfella

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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Family Support Programs

Family Support Services assist families who are caring for a relative with a developmental disability by providing referral and information to families searching for options, support and assistance in their advocacy efforts.  Family Support Providers can offer the following services;  capacity to work with and on behalf of families to file for Medicaid, enhance the decision making capacity of the individual and their family by providing information about available resources and opportunities. Family Support Services helps families and individuals with applying for eligibility for OPWDD, HCBS waiver and enrollment for Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC).

Here is a list of Agencies in our area that provide Family Support Services (this list may not be all inclusive; see disclaimer)

Abilities First Inc.  contact is Gina Carminucci, at (845) 485-9803 ext 385

Anderson Center for Autism contact is Lisa Susczynski at (845) 889-9616

Arc of Dutchess contact Kaylah McKenzie at 845-635-8084 x 21148 or KMcKenzie@arcdutchess.org.

Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley – contact is Jason Gehlert at (845) 226-1630

Greystone Programs Inc. – contact is Caren O’Brien-Edwards at (845) 452-5772 ext 106

Maranatha Human Services – contact is Mathias Oni-Eselech (845) 452-1424 ext 18

Mid-Hudson Association for People with Disabilities (MHAPD) contact is Patricia Lucio-Penn, Executive Director at  845-485-3066

NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities – local District Office  (845) 471-9226 ext 155

Taconic Resources for Independence – Educational Advocacy – contact is Karen Lynch at (845) 452-3913 ext 112