Social Services (DCFS):Preventive Services

Preventive Services

Dept. of Community & Family Services (DCFS)
Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Commissioner

The Preventive Unit is responsible for providing and/or obtaining services necessary to prevent the need for foster care of children. Most referrals to the preventive unit come from Child Protective Services when there have been indicated reports of child abuse or neglect and in-home services are needed. However, the preventive unit also accepts referrals from individuals or agencies in the community and conducts assessments to determine whether mandated preventive services are needed.

Case Managers provide counseling and in-home services to connect families with community agencies which provide long-term services. Staff also provide transportation assistance, day care and homemaking services. Clients are urged to begin treatment for drug or alcohol addictions and emotional problems and to utilize courses in parenting.

In the preventive service arena we also contract with The Astor Home for Children and Abbott House for intensive home-based case management services for families at risk of placing their children in foster care and with Astor for a Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI). CCSI is a tiered inter-agency project designed to create a comprehensive system of care in Dutchess County. It provides coordination of services to children with emotional or behavioral concerns which put them at risk of out-of-home placement.

Additionally, we contract with the Division of Youth Services for preventive case management services for youth in the community or leaving facilities who have school related problems, or drug or alcohol use, which causes the risk of out-of-home placement. We contract with the Probation Department for PINS and JD Diversion and Probation Supervision Services.

In eastern Dutchess County and Beacon, The Dutchess County Community Action Agency provides contracted Case Management Services to families who live in these areas and qualify for mandated preventive services.

Telephone:  (845) 486-3241
Fax:  (845) 486-3238