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 Department of Community & Family Services

Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services (DCFS)

Mission Statement 

To meet the needs of the County’s vulnerable population, as provided by social services law, in a courteous, fair and efficient manner with the aim of restoring each beneficiary to maximum independence.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Provide assistance to eligible individuals and families while assisting clients to achieve their full potential.
    1. Conduct thorough eligibility investigations;
    2. Apply rules, regulations and local policies objectively, consistently and uniformly;
    3. Provide clients with all of the benefits to which they are entitled;
    4. Work cooperatively as divisions to meet the separate needs of clients while preserving the integrity of each individual;
    5. Maintain professionalism in all contacts.
  2. Develop and make available to families and individuals services that will strengthen the family unit, encourage stability in living arrangements, and provide for specialized care.
  3. Provide protective services to children and adults at risk.
  4. Provide adequate information to the general public regarding our programs and services and maintain adequate knowledge of community services to act as a referral source.


60 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: 845-486-3000


131 County House Rd, Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone: 845-677-5532


223 Main Street, 1st Floor, Beacon, NY 12508
Phone: 845-838-4800

Other Services

Administer benefits and determine eligibility for Temporary Assistance, SNAP (Supplemental Needs Assistance Program), Daycare and Medicaid. Provide Adult Protective Services and Children’s Protective Services to the community. Administer Foster Care Program and Youth Services Bureau. Oversees Medicaid Waiver enrollment for the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver and the Care at Home (CAH level I/II) waiver