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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Abilities First Outpatient Recovery Services (AFORS)

Like many other people in the world, those with developmental challenges sometimes struggle with substance abuse and addiction. However, developmental challenges often present obstacles to success in traditional treatment programs. For these reasons, we created the Abilities First Outpatient Recovery Services (AFORS), which includes a substance use treatment program licensed by the NYS Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

Our clinic employs a traditional 12-step treatment model that is adjusted for pace and repetition of concepts to accommodate developmental challenges. The ultimate purpose of AFORS is to clear away obstacles presented by alcoholism and substance use so people can achieve their other life goals such as independent living and employment. Our clinic is located in LaGrange. Related residential services may be available on a limited basis.


488 Freedom Plains Road, Suite 122 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Phone: 845-454-1104