Dutchess County Helping Our Families Guide

Welcome To The Dutchess County Resource Guide

A comprehensive guide to services available to children and families in Dutchess County NY. Use this guide to locate up-to-date community resources for your children and family. Service providers and other professionals can use this guide to assist families with connecting to community resources. 

Helpin Our Families Guide

The guide is designed to walk you step-by-step through various possibilities for dealing with your concerns and to help you understand the possibilities and limitations of various choices, where to go for help, and what questions to ask yourself and service providers along the way.

The guide is available as a multi-page PDF document which you can

In this guide you will find:

Table of Contents


Useful Terms and Definitions  

Child Development Information 

Behavioral Health in Early Childhood                                                                

            Behavioral Health in Middle Childhood                                                

            Transitioning to Adulthood         

Astor Early Recognition Screening & Astor Head Start

Child Care Assistance

Education: School, Policies and Procedures

Dutchess County School Districts

After School Programs & Recreation

Family Education, Support & Advocacy

Mental Health America of Dutchess County

Developmental Disabilities

Behavioral and Community Health

Mobile Crisis Intervention and Prevention Team (MCIPT)

C-SPOA (Single Point of Access

Hospital Diversion Programs

ECCSI (Enhanced Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative

Department of Community and Family Services

Emergency Financial Assistance & SNAPSSI & SSDI (Social Security Income and Disability Insurance)

DC Office of Probation and Community Corrections  PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision), Juvenile Delinquency

Chemical Dependency


Older Youth/Young Adults

Teen Pregnancy

Domestic Violence

Child Safety and Child Abuse Prevention

Emergency and Transitional Housing

Health Services

Dutchess County Public Transit

Community Action Partnership

Food Pantries of Dutchess County

Acronyms, Websites & Quick Access Phone Directory

Don’t forget there is now a general information number you can call in Dutchess

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