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Below are a number of Federal, State and Local resources (links or phone numbers) that may be helpful to people with disabilities and their caregivers.

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Resource LinksNew York State Resources for People with Disabilities:

Justice Center

NYSARC, Inc - A family based organization working with and for people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities

Office of Mental Health (OMH)

NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

Self-Advocacy Association of NYS Inc.

Local Community Service Agencies:

Dial: 2-1-1 for community-based organizations and government agencies (a service of United Way of Dutchess County) www.hudson211.org

AIDS Related Community Services, Poughkeepsie 
(845) 471-0707

Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley Chapter 
(845) 471-2655

American Cancer Society, Poughkeepsie 
(845) 452-2635

American Diabetes Association 
(845) 473-4523

American Heart Association, Dutchess Region 
(845) 462-3905 or 338-8517

American Lung Association 

American Red Cross of Dutchess County 
(845) 471-0200

Catharine Street Community Center 
(845) 473-2272

Children's Services Council 
(845) 471-1900 ext. 119

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County 
(845) 677-8223

Dutchess County Community Action Partnership, Inc.
(845) 452-5104 (administrative)

Dutchess County Department of Social Services 
(845) 486-3001

Dutchess Outreach, Inc. 
(845) 454-3792

Hudson River Housing 
(845) 454-5176

Meals On Wheels, Poughkeepsie 
(845) 452-2245

Mental Health Association in Dutchess County 
(845) 473-2500

Networth/Positive Action (AIDS and HIV assistance) 
(518) 339-2437(AIDS) 

Salvation Army, Poughkeepsie 
(845) 471-1210


United Way, Dutchess County 
(845) 473-1500 (info line) or (845) 471-1900 (administrative)

Resource Links - EducationEducation

New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12234

State Department of Education: Special Education
Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities
State Education Department
1 Commerce Plaza, Room 1606
Albany, NY 12234
(518) 474-2714


Shelter and Emergency Housing


Food Stamps
New York Information/Hotline Number: 1-800-343-8859
(upstate): 1-800-342-3009
How to Apply: 1-800-342-3009

WIC Bureau of Supplemental Food Programs 
Division of Nutrition 
New York State Department of Health 
150 Broadway, Flr 6, West 
Albany, NY 12204-2719 
telephone: (518) 402-7093
toll-free in-state: 1-800-522-5006 
fax: (518) 402-7348
email: tmm05@health.state.ny.us

Medical Care

New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza,
Albany, NY 12237

New York State Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, New York 12229
1-800-597-8481 (toll-free)

Office of Medicaid Management
Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza, Corning Tower Building
Albany, NY 12237
Local: 1-518-486-9057
Toll-Free: 1-800-541-2831
Fax: 1-518-486-6852
E-mail: medicaid@health.state.ny.us

Medicaid Helpline (518) 486-9057
* Medicaid Co-Payment Hotline 1-800-541-2831
* Medicaid Newborn Helpline 1-877-463-7680
* New York City 1-800-505-5678
* Nassau County 1-888-562-9092
* Suffolk County 1-888-566-9799

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Bureau of Child and Adolescent Health
Department of Health
Tower Building, Room 208
Albany, NY 12237-0618
(518) 474-2084
Email: nhr02@health.state.ny.us

Child Health Plus
1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543)
TTY: 1-877-898-5849

Family Health Plus
1-877-9FHPLUS (1-877-934-7587)

Prenatal Care Assistance Program (PCAP)
1 (800) 522-5006

Hospitals: www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/hospital

* General Information
* General Information, Spanish Language
* AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP)

Assistive Technology
New York State TRAID Project
401 State Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
Phone/TTY: 518-474-2825
Phone/TTY: 800-522-4369 (In State)
TTY: 518-473-4231
Fax: 518-473-6005
Email: traid@oapwd.org

New York AgrAbility Project
Bassett Healthcare
NY Center for Ag Medicine & Health
One Atwell Road
Cooperstown, NY 13326
(800) 343-7527

Technology Resources for Education (T.R.E.) Center
Maywood School
1979 Central Avenue
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 456-9290; (518) 456-9289 (fax); (800) 248-9873
Email: David@TREcenter.org
Recreation & the Arts
Adaptive Sports Foundation



Wheelchair Foundation
3820 Blackhawk Road
Danville, California 94506
(925) 736-8234 • Toll-Free:(877) 378-3839
Fax:(925) 648-0163
E-mail: info@wheelchairfoundation.org

Special Olympics New York
504 Balltown Road 
Schenectady, NY 12304
518-388-0790 • 1-800-836-NYSO • Fax 518-388-0795

Special Olympics New York
211 East 43rd Street, 12th floor 
New York, NY 10017
212-661-3963 • Fax 212-661-465