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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Public Health Nursing – Department of Behavioral & Community Health


Licensed Home Care Services Agency Programs

Maternal and Child Home Visiting Program
Public Health Nurses are available to provide comprehensive home based services, to families, that start during pregnancy or after a child is born.  Home visits provide education, support and case management services and are focused on assisting parents to meet the challenges of parenting and to assure the healthy development of children.C

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Public Health Nurses provide individual case management and follow-up to children with elevated blood lead levels. Community education and outreach Environmental investigations are also available.



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 of CSHCN. This program is a referral linkage system to provide for those 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 of a type or amount beyond what is required by children generally.  (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.

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