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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Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

Children with Special Health Care Needs Program

The Children with Special Health Care Needs Program (CSHCN) is a statewide public health program that provides information and referral services for health and related areas for families. This program  provides referral and linkage to system that provide for children ages birth to 21 who have, or are suspected of having, a serious or chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who require a health or related service that is beyond what is routinely required by children. This program is a part of Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community  (DBCH) and works closely with the County’s Early Intervention and Pre-School Program to coordinate care. (read more)

Physically Handicapped Children’s Program

The CSHCN Program also offers financial assistance under the Physically Handicapped Children’s Program (PHCP). The PHCP assists families to pay medical bills for children with severe chronic illnesses and/or physical disabilities.

The PHC Program pays for Diagnosis and Evaluation, and Treatment Program.

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health

Contact Information:

Carol Wanyo,                                                                      Joan Wright,

RN,MA,APHN- BC                                                           RN-C, MSN, IBCLC

Director of Public Health Nursing                                Assistant Director of Public Health Nursing

(845) 486-3419                                                                (845) 486-3419