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Wellness Resources

The Department of Behavioral & Community Health, the New York State Department of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources, and other organizations offer additional resources for residents.

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health offers the following programs for families:

Maternal and Child Home Visits

Public Health Nurses provide home visits to assess women during the prenatal and postpartum period. Nurses also provide information and education about breastfeeding, newborn care and nutrition needs, growth and development, and injury and poison prevention. Case Management is provided through referrals to promote optimum health.

Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Services include individual case management and follow-up to children with elevated blood lead levels. Community education, provider outreach, and environmental investigations are also provided.

Resources for the entire family:

Infants & Children

Breastfeeding (Dutchess County Support & Education Center)  -  (La Leche League
Child Development Guidance:  Zero to Three
Children with Special Health Care Needs
Early Intervention Program, Dutchess County
Early Intervention Program, NYS
Injury Prevention
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Maternal Infant Services Network
Newborn Screening
Safe Sleep
School Wellness

Children & Teens

Children’s Safety Network Bullying Prevention Resource Guide
Cyber Safety
Girls Health
Healthy Youth
Injury Prevention
Let's Move
Office of Adolescent Health
Teen Health and Wellness
Teen Health Topics (NLM)
Youth Physical Activity Guidelines


Breastfeeding (Dutchess County Support & Education Center)  -  (La Leche League)
Breastfeeding at Work Toolkit
Helping Our Families Guide
Hudson Valley Parent
Injury Prevention
New York State Smokers’ Quitline
Parent Tip Sheets
Preconception Health
Preventive Care
Preventive Health Services for All Ages
Substance Use/Addiction
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

Older Adults

Administration on Aging (AoA) Programs
Care Plan Resources for Older Adults and Caregivers
Compassion and Support
Dutchess County Office for the Aging
End of Life Support
Healthy Aging
Injury prevention (CDC)
Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST)
Substance Use/Medication Disposal
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

General Resources for All Ages

Domestic Violence Hotline
Emotional Health
Family Online Safety Institute
Health Insurance
Physical Activity Guidelines
Sexual Health/Clinical Services
Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)

End of life care is the term used to describe the support and medical care given during the time surrounding death. The following organizations offer tools, resources, and steps to help you live as well as possible and to make sure your healthcare provider, family, and loved ones can follow your wishes about end-of-life care.

National Institute on Aging

To help people make sound health decisions and get the care they want for themselves or family members as life draws to a close, the National Institute on Aging has a comprehensive booklet, “End of Life: Helping With Comfort and Care.”

Five Wishes Online

Aging with Dignity's Five Wishes meets the legal requirements for an advanced directive in New York State. It allows you to express how you want to be treated, using a document that is easy to complete and is legally binding. The Five Wishes are:

Wish 1: The Person I Want to Make Care Decisions for Me When I Can't
Wish 2: The Kind of Medical Treatment I Want or Don't Want
Wish 3: How Comfortable I Want to Be
Wish 4: How I Want People to Treat Me
Wish 5: What I Want My Loved Ones to Know


Hospice is a not-for-profit health-care agency dedicated to helping individuals who are near the end of life maintain their dignity and enhance the quality of life, with supports and services for both the patient and the family.

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