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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Verplanck Garden Club

Verplanck Garden Club at Stony Kill Farm’s Environmental and Education Center in Wappingers Falls, NY have been maintaining the Special Needs Garden beds for many years. In 2015, Sarah Petty (pictured here with her father) was searching for something to do for her Girl Scouts’  Gold Award Project and the Verplanck Garden Club was looking to replace their pergola, in their Special Needs raised gardens. The existing pergola was in poor condition and was important in providing a bit of shade and relief for gardeners and visitors to the garden.  The project was funded by the Verplanck Garden Club and with assistance from her friends and family, Sarah and her team removed the old pergola and built the new one over the course of four days.  On June 16, 2018, the pergola was dedicated to Hanna and Fred Ekstroem longtime members of the Verplanck Garden Club and Sarah was recognized for her contribution.  Anyone interested in reserving a bed for next year should contact the verplanchgardencluba@yahoo.com (June 2018)