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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.


Helping Our Families Guide 2020


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

Public Health Nursing Division

Astor Head Start

Infant Socialization

Child Care Assistance


Alternative Education

Dutchess County School Districts

After School Programs & Recreation

Town Recreation, Libraries, Police

Family Education, Support and Advocacy

Mental Health America of Dutchess County

Developmental Disabilities

Behavioral and Community Health

Health Homes

C-SPOA (Single Point of Access)

ECCSI (Enhanced Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative)

Children and Family Treatment Support Services

Hospital Diversion Programs

Safety and Victim Assistance Programs

Department of Community and Family Services

Emergency Financial Assistance & SNAP

SSI & SSDI (Social Security Income and Disability Insurance)

DC Office of Probation and Community Corrections

PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision), Juvenile Delinquency

Chemical Dependency

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids


Older Youth/Young Adults

Teen Pregnancy


Health Services

Dutchess County Public Transit

Community Action Partnership

Food Pantries of Dutchess County


Informational Websites

Quick Access Phone Directory

Don’t forget there is now a general information number you can call in Dutchess County to find out about a broad range of services: “211”