Janine Fitzmaurice

Coordinator of Children with Special Needs Services

Ages birth through 5 years old

(845) 486-3518

jfitzmaurice@dutchessny.gov

Dana Hopkins

Coordinator of Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Services

Ages 5 years through adulthood

(845) 486-2766

dhopkins@dutchessny.gov

Deborah Disanza

Coordinator of Children’s Services and Children’s POA Coordinator

(845) 486-2768

ddisanza@dutchessny.gov

Toni-Marie Ciarfella. Ph.D.

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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The Verplanck Garden Club – Special Needs Garden

Since 1989 the The Verplanck Garden Clubat the Stony Kill Farm in Wappingers Falls, NY has been maintaining and offering raised beds for gardeners with physical disabilities. This program began as a place for veterans from Castle Point Veteran’s Administration hospital to come to the farm and create their own gardens. Over time, the Verplanck Garden Club dedicated the raised beds to also include people with special needs. These raised gardening beds are available each year at a fee for communal gardening through their email and website.