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Health-Related

(Includes: Clinics/Immunizations, Communicable Diseases, Environmental Health, Healthcare Services, Mental Health)

Q.   What are the regulations regarding pesticide application?

Click Here to access the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s webpage regarding pesticides that includes links to FAQs about New York State's Pesticide Program and other helpful information.

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Q.   What are the regulations regarding the wearing of gloves and hats/hairnets in food service facilities?

Per Section 14-4.90 of the New York State Sanitary Code:

“Food is to be prepared and served with no bare hand contact unless the food will be subsequently heated to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius) or greater for foods that were not previously heated or to 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.9 degrees Celsius) or greater for foods that are being heated for a second or subsequent time.  Convenient and suitable utensils and/or sanitary gloves are to be provided and used to prepare or serve food to eliminate bare hand contact and prevent contamination.  Waxed paper, napkins or equivalent barrier to prevent hand contact may be used to serve food.”

Per Section 14-1.72 of the New York State Sanitary Code:

“All persons within a food service establishment who work in areas where food is prepared are to use hats, caps or hair nets as restraints which minimize hair contact with hands, food and food-contact surfaces.”

Click Here to access more of the New York State Sanitary Code.

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Q.   My child has no health insurance. How do I find health insurance for my child?

You can get health insurance for your child by applying for Child Health Plus.  Child Health Plus is New York State funded comprehensive health insurance coverage for children birth - 19 years of age.  To find out whether you are eligible for Child Health Plus call the Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County at (845) 452-5104 (Poughkeepsie); (845) 831-2620 (Beacon); (845) 876-1611 (Red Hook); (845) 877-9272 (Dover Plains) or log on to their website at http://www.dutchesscap.org/.

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Q.   Where can I obtain information regarding CPR or attend a class?

Contact the following organizations for information about CPR classes:

  • Alamo (845) 471-6618
  • Vassar Brothers Medical Center Education Department (845) 454-8500
  • St. Francis Hospital Education Department (845) 483-5000
  • American Heart Association (845) 485-4703
  • American Red Cross (845) 471-0200
  • Dutchess County Department of Health (845) 486-3413

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Q.   How do I get medical and dental care if I don’t have any money?

You can apply for Medicaid, or someone can apply for you on your behalf, at:
    Dutchess County Department of Social Services
    60 Market Street
    Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 – 10:30 AM.

You can also apply at Dutchess County Community Action Partnership. The offices are open 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday.  (Closed for lunch from 12 noon to 1:00 PM). An appointment is required. Call (845) 437-0222 to schedule an appointment at a Branch office near you.

POUGHKEEPSIE
84 Cannon Street

RED HOOK
44-46 E. Market Street    

DOVER PLAINS
3414 Route 22       

BEACON
544 Main Street

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Q.   Does Medicaid pay for assisted living, adult home or nursing home placement?

Medicaid does not pay for adult home placement.  However, some assisted living residences and most nursing homes accept Medicaid.  Call DUTCHESS NY Connects at (845) 486-2555 to determine your needs.

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Q.   If I am under 21 am I eligible to receive Medicaid?

Individuals under 21 are eligible to apply for Medicaid.  If they are under 21 and living with their parents, their own income and their parents’ income and resources would also be taken into account.  If they are NOT living with a parent only their own circumstances would be used to determine eligibility.  However, they would be required to file for Medical Support against each parent.

For the new (10/02) Family Planning Benefit Program, (FPBP) if an individual under 21 years of age does not have access to parental financial information or doesn’t want their parents to know about the application for this program, the Department will determine eligibility based on the child’s income.  The Department of Social Services (60 Market St., Poughkeepsie, NY) will NOT require the applicant to file for medical support against his/her parents.

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Q.   I need to see a doctor but have no health insurance. Where can I go?

You can contact Community Health Hudson River HealthCare, Inc. at:
Poughkeepsie Atrium, One Webster Avenue, Ste. 202, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  For an appointment call (845) 483-5700.

For Eastern Dutchess County:
Amenia, 3360 Route 343, Amenia, NY 12501.  For an appointment call (845) 373-9006.

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Q.   How do I know if I am eligible for Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus or Medicaid?

The Medicaid eligibility worker at the Department of Social Services will determine if you are eligible for any Medicaid program including the FPBP.  Be sure to notify your interviewer at Social Services if you need the application to remain confidential and designate an alternate mailing address if you don’t want correspondence to go to your home address.

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Q.   As a health care provider, where can I find information about reporting requirements and guidelines?

Information for physicians and other health care providers can be found under the Health Care Providers section of the Department of Health's webpage.

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Q.   My child needs a blood lead test. Can the Department of Health do this?

No, but the Dutchess County Department of Health can assist you in obtaining this test if your child has a health care provider but does not have health insurance that will pay for this test.  For more information call (845) 486-3419.

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Q.   My child has an elevated blood lead level. What do I do?

The Dutchess County Department of Health can help you and your child’s health care provider by providing a range of services that might include any of the following:  health information, reminder letters, child development assessment, nutritional information, environmental assessment.  For more information call (845) 486-3419.  New York State Department of Health has additional information on elevated blood lead levels in children.

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Q.   If I’m under age 21 and have children of my own, does it change the eligibility for TANF, Emergency Assistance, Emergency Housing or Medicaid?

You would be eligible for TANF funds rather than Safety Net funds. Otherwise, the same eligibility criteria apply. You would also be expected to file a support petition against the father of each of your children.

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Q.   My job doesn’t offer health insurance. Where would I get health insurance?

New York State has a program called Family Health Plus that provides adults ages19 - 64 with health insurance coverage.  You may find out more about this program on the New York State Department of Health website at http://www.health.ny.gov/health_care/family_health_plus/.  To find out whether you are eligible for Family Health Plus call the Community Action Partnership of Dutchess County (Dutchess CAP) at (845) 452-5104 (Poughkeepsie); (845) 831-2620 (Beacon); (845) 876-1611 (Red Hook); (845) 877-9272 (Dover Plains) or log on to their website at http://www.dutchesscap.org/.

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Q.   How can I manage my child's asthma?

The Dutchess County Department of Health has a program called Open Airways designed to help parents and children learn how to manage asthma.  Program kits available throught the Mid-Hudson Library System.  For more information call the department at (845) 486-3559 or click HERE to visit the website of the American Lung Association.

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Q.   Is there a list of local pharmacies that participate in the prescription discount drug card program?

A list of local pharmacies that participate in the discount drug card program can be found on the Dutchess County Prescription Discount Drug Card webpage.  You can look up pharmacies on-line using the Switchboard.com website.


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Q.   Where can I obtain health statistics and data?

You may visit the New York State Department of Health's website, as well as the Dutchess County Department of Health Statistics and Data Reports page, which also includes a Data Request Form if additional statistical information is needed.

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Q.   What are the laws concerning tobacco use on school grounds and where can I obtain information about school smoking policies?

Call the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 for information.

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Q.   Where can I find information about a specific disease?

The Dutchess County Department of Health provides a great amount of information on its webpages about specific diseases.  Click on Health Information from the left navigation menu of the department's homepage; hover over Diseases on the pop-out menu to display  specific disease information available then click on the desired link.  You can also find information on diseases and conditions on the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/DiseasesConditions/.

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Q.   Where can I find health bulletins, alerts and advisories for health care providers?

Dutchess County Department of Health provides links to alerts, updates and advisories on its Public Health Alerts, Updates and Advisories webpage found under its Health Care Providers section.

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Q.   Where can I get information on the health effects of tobacco?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website contains a wide range of information regarding tobacco use and health effects. You can also visit our web page that contains links to other sources of information - or - call the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404.

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Q.   Who can I contact about having a Dutchess County Department of Health representative speak or present materials at our health fair?

Contact the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 485-3421 for more information on how we can assist you with your event.  You may also email HealthInfo@dutchessny.gov with your event details.  Health Education Materials and Brochures are also available at http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/4208/

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Q.   Where can I get information on the tobacco laws in Dutchess County and in New York State?

For information on local and state laws regarding tobacco use, visit our web page that contains related links -or- contact the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404.

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Q.   Where can I get information about diabetes?

Contact the Dutchess County Department of Health's Public Health Information Division at (845) 486-3542 to obtain information regarding diabetes or click on the following link: http://www.diabetes.org/.

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Q.   Where can I get smoking cessation services?

In addition to your healthcare provider, you may contact any of the following for tobacco cessation support:

Council on Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE)  -  http://capedc.org/  -  845-765-8301

New York State "Quitline"  -  www.NYSmokeFree.com  -  1-866-NY-QUITS (1-866-697-8487)

National Cancer Institute  -  www.SmokeFree.org  - 1-800-Quit-Now

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Q.   Where can I find out about the prescription discount drug card program?

Enrollment for this program is free for Dutchess County residents.  Visit the Dutchess County Prescription Discount Drug Card webpage for program details.


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Q.   My neighbor's yard is full of junk and trash. What can be done?

You should register this type of complaint with two agencies:

  1. First, call the Environmental Health Services Division of the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 and ask to speak to the public health sanitarian who handles the municipality where your rental residence is located.

  2. Second, call the building and zoning department for the municipality where your rental residence is located and notify them of the problem.  Click Here for municipal contact information.

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Q.   Who do I call to get my water tested?

Contact the Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Laboratory at (845) 486-3411 for water testing and for more information.

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Q.   Why does a lot approval matter?

You must have approval prior to building a septic system and house.  Click Here for information regarding building permits, certificates of occupancy, and lot approvals.

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Q.   Where can I get a copy of my Board of Health approval on my septic system?

To obtain a copy of the approval of your septic system, contact the Environmental Services Division of the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404.

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Q.   What makes a lot approval invalid?

Natural and manmade problems can invalidate a map. For example, removing (mining) the soil from the proposed septic area invalidates the map since the soils which the approval was based on are no longer there. Changes in drainage can cause a lot to be wetter now than when the approval was granted. Conditions regarding ground and surface water would no longer be met. Occasionally, mistakes were made while drafting the plans. Misrepresentations and/or errors on a map invalidate the approval.

Check to see that the map has been legally filed with the Dutchess County Clerk's Office. Even though a map may be stamped by DCDOH, it is not valid until it is filed.  Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   How can I find someone to remove a wild animal (squirrel, bat, etc.) from inside my home?

From time to time, squirrels may get into your attic, a skunk may enter your basement, raccoons may get into your chimney, or you may find a bat in your house.  For professional assistance with removing a wild animal, contact a nuisance wildlife control officer.  The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has information about Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators on its website.  You can also contact the DEC at (845) 256-3098 for information about Nuisance Wildlife Control Operators.

Since some wild animals (like skunks, raccoons, and bats) can carry rabies, you should take proper precautions if you decide to remove one from your home yourself. Avoid contact with the animal's saliva or nervous tissue.  Any exposure (bite, or an open wound or mucous membrane exposure) to a wild animal should be reported to the Dutchess County Department of Health.  During normal business hours, you can reach the Department at (845) 486-3404.  After normal business hours, on weekends and on holidays, call (845) 431-6465.

Keep in mind, if you find a bat in a room with a sleeping person, unattended child, or intoxicated or mentally compromised person, do not let the bat go. Capture the bat and then call the Dutchess County Department of Health for additional guidance.  During normal business hours, you can reach the Department at (845) 486-3404.  After normal business hours, on weekends, and on holidays, call (845) 431-6465.

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Q.   Where can I find the Dutchess County Department of Health’s fee schedules?

Our fee schedule contains fees for Engineering Review, Permitted Facilities, Tanning Facilities, and Environmental Laboratory Services.

Certain other services, including some immunizations, may have fees.  See the particular program for details.

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Q.   My neighbor is building an addition to their home without a permit. What can be done?

To report an instance of building without a permit, call both the building and zoning department of your municipality and the Dutchess County Health Department, Environmental Services Division at (845) 486-3404.

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Q.   What should I do if I find bacteria in my well?

Disinfect your well.  Find more information and instructions on our Well Information web page.

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Q.   What contaminants are likely to be found in well water?

Bacteria are the most common.  Bacteria are normally present in the air, soil, and water.  Most of these bacteria are beneficial or harmless.  Bacteria can enter the well through improperly installed or damaged equipment.


  • Nitrates (dangerous for infants) from sewage systems or fertilizers have been found in some wells.
  • Sodium and chloride (salty taste) from water softeners or road salt have been found in some wells.
  • Iron and manganese (brown or black staining) are found in some of the bedrock and are found in some wells.
  • Certain wells have contaminants from fuel spills or spills of other industrial or agricultural chemicals.

Click Here for Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   What should a well be tested for?

DCDOH recommends testing for bacteria yearly. See the Department of Health's webpage titled Environmental Water Laboratory for more information.

Your eyes and nose are very sensitive. If you notice a change in the water quality, you should consider testing. Suggested test parameters depend on the nature of the change.

Other chemical tests should be done if there are specific problems in you area.  Click Here for information regarding Environmental Health Services contacts. 

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Q.   Is there a law regarding cleaning up after your dog?

Dog manure complaints are handled by both municipalities and the Dutchess County Sanitary Code.  Individual municipalities may pass local laws governing dogs, including leashing, barking, confinement to the owner’s property, or picking up waste.  Also, there may be restrictions on the type or number of dogs.  In these instances, the code enforcement officer or dog warden in the municipality will enforce these regulations.Click Here for a list of municipal phone numbers that you can call to find out about the specific dog-related laws that may be in effect in your city, town or village.

Public Health Nuisance complaints regarding accumulation of dog waste are investigated by the Health Department under Article 8 of the Dutchess County Sanitary Code.

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Q.   Who can I contact about poor hygiene by staff in a restaurant?

Contact the Environmental Health Services Division of the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 for concerns regarding poor hygiene by restaurant employees.

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Q.   How long does a lot approval last?

Plans approved since 1985 expire 5 years from the date of approval. The owner of the lot can request an extension of the approval (up to 3 years). The lot will be evaluated by the Dutchess County Department of Health and the original approval may be extended.

Plans approved before 1985 generally do not have expiration dates, however, you will be required to demonstrate compliance with all the conditions of approval on the map.   Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   What can I do about a possibly rabid animal on my property?

If an animal on your property appears to be sick, or if it is behaving strangely, it may have rabies.  Avoid contact with the animal and keep your domestic pets away from the animal.   Call the Environmental Services Division of the Dutchess County Department of Health for guidance, at  (845) 486-3404.  Click Here for more information about rabies.

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Q.   How are summer camps and daycare centers regulated?

Summer camps and daycare centers are permitted and inspected by the Environmental Division of the Dutchess County Health Department, in accordance with the New York State and Dutchess County Sanitary Codes.

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Q.   How do I operate and maintain my septic system (also known as a sewage disposal system)?

Have the septic tank pumped regularly (every 2 to 10 years, depending on your usage). Do not put toxic materials into the system. Do not put large quantities of water into the system (don't leave the sink on all day).  Click Here for the Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Health Services contact information.  Click on the following link for more detailed information on maintaining your septic system:
http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/outdoors/septic/

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Q.   Who can I call to report a sewage odor?

To report a sewage odor, call the Environmental Health Services Division of the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 and ask to speak to the public health sanitarian who handles the municipality where the odor is occurring.  The sanitarian will conduct an investigation and will enforce the New York State and Dutchess County Sanitary Codes as appropriate.  Click Here for a list of municipality contacts and phone numbers.

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Q.   How can I find my septic tank?

The septic tank is usually about ten feet from the house under six to twelve inches of soil.  The house sewer (the pipe from the house to the tank) is usually straight, so try to find where it leaves the basement and look outside ten feet from there.  If you can't find the house sewer, look for cleanouts by the foundation or vents on the roof.
 
Older houses have cast iron house sewers, so metal detectors may work.
 
The Dutchess County Department of Health makes sketches of tank locations for systems during the inspection of approved septic systems.  If you can't find your copy, our copy may be available.  For contact information regarding the Departement's Environmental Health Services, click Here.

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Q.   Do I need a permit to work on my septic system?

Yes, you may need a permit, depending upon what kind of work is being done.  Contact the Dutchess County Department of Health Division of Environmental Services at (845) 486-3404 for more information.

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Q.   What are the regulations regarding the keeping of fowl and livestock (chickens, pigs, horses, pigeons, etc.)?

For New York State and Dutchess County Sanitary Code regulations, contact Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Health Services Division at (845) 486-3404.

Zoning regulations for the keeping of livestock vary by municipality.  Click Here for a list of municipal addresses and links.

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Q.   How can I find out about health issues relating to a particular water supply, lot, restaurant, regulated facility, etc.?

Most Dutchess County Department of Health records are available to the public through the Freedom of Information Law procedures.  Please submit a specific request.  An Application to Access Records (.pdf) can be found on on our Forms web page.

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Q.   I have found sick/injured wildlife. What should I do?

If the animal appears to be sick, it may have rabies.  Avoid contact with the animal and call the Dutchess County Department of Health for guidance, at  (845) 486-3404.  Click Here for more information about rabies. 

If the animal has suffered an injury that would make it hard for the animal to survive or take care of itself, volunteer wildlife rehabilitators will take the animal free of charge and care for it until it can be released back into the wild.

Call the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (845) 256-3098 for the names of licensed volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in Dutchess County.  Visit the DEC website for more information on sick or injured wildlife and wildlife rehabilitators.

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Q.   Is my well protected?

The Sanitary Code provides some protection (chiefly by regulating development) for individual wells.  The well owner should check the well and water system to ensure that all equipment is maintained and operated properly.   The Dutchess County Department of Health is working with several agencies to increase the protection of wells and the public.

Click Here to find related links to sanitary codes; click Here to find additional information regarding wells; click Here for more Environmental Health Services contact informaiton.

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Q.   What is BOHA (Board of Health Approval)?

This is a common abbreviation for "Board of Health Approval" of a lot. Technically speaking, it should be Department of Health Approval.   Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   Where can I find information regarding public water supplies in Dutchess County?

You can find information about public water supplies in Dutchess County in the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Information System (SDWIS.)  Click HERE to access the SDWIS database.

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Q.   How much does a lot approval cost?

DCDOH charges a per lot review and inspection fee, as listed in our fee schedule. Your engineer, survey, testing, and construction will also cost money.

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Q.   How long does it take to get my lot approved?

This depends on the complexity of the project and may take months. However, our goal is to have the initial review of the submitted plans within 2 to 4 weeks.  Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   What water supplies are regulated?

Water served to 25 people per day at least 60 days out of the year is regulated under the State and County Sanitary Codes. Certain other supplies are also regulated. Check out the definition of Public Water Supply in Part 5-1 (see the Laws, Regulations and Codes webpage). There are some other criteria as well.  See the Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Health Services contacts web page for contact information.

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Q.   I found a dead animal in my yard. What should I do with it?

If there has been no contact with the animal by humans or pets, the dead animal can be either buried or double-bagged and disposed of in the garbage.  Please call the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 for specific instructions regarding the handling of the dead animal (such as wearing gloves) and the depth to which it should be buried.

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Q.   What is tested by Public Water suppliers?

Public water supplies test for coliform bacteria at least quarterly.  Larger supplies may test for inorganic, organic, and radioactive compounds.  For exact details, you can look up Part 5-1 tables 1 through 12 elsewhere on this site.  Your water company should be sending a yearly report on their water quality.  Click Here to find related links; click Here for Environmental Health Service contact information.

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Q.   What permits and/or approvals are required for me to add a bedroom to my home?

Most home alterations require a building permit from your town.  Towns require Dutchess County Department of Health approval prior to issuance of a building permit.  If your lot is approved, check the approval to see what conditions are required for your septic system for the total number of bedrooms in your home and addition.  If your lot is not approved or your approval is for fewer bedrooms than you desire, you will have to get a new approval.  Click Here for more information regarding building permits, certificates of occupancy and lot approvals.

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Q.   Who can I call when I have problems with my water?

If you have your own well, you can call the Dutchess County Department of Health for advice. The Department of Health does not regulate individual wells. You may also wish to call a well driller or plumber.

If you receive your water from a Public Water Supply, you should call the owner or operator of the supply.  If they do not solve your problem, you may then call the Department of Health's Environmental Health Services division with any health and safety questions.

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Q.   What is the procedure for opening a food service facility?

The procedure for opening a food service facility and the permits, fees and inspections required will depend upon the type and size of the facility that you are opening.  For specific requirements, call the Environmental Health Services Division of the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 and ask to speak with the Public Health Sanitarian for the municipality in which the facility will be located.  Click Here to access a table of fees for various types and sizes of permitted facilities.

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Q.   What number do I call to report a dead bird?

Call the Dutchess County Department of Health's West Nile Virus Hotline at (845) 486-3438.  Your call will be returned by a staff member.  Please click Here for more information.

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Q.   Who can I contact when my landlord won't turn on the heat or when I have other problems with the residence that I am renting?

Call the Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Health Services Division at (845) 486-3404 for complaints about such things as heat, hot water, sewage, mold, etc.  Visit our Environmental Services web page for more information and contacts.

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Q.   How do I get my lot approved?

Hire a NYS licensed Professional Engineer. They can be found in the yellow pages under Engineers, Professional; Engineers, Consulting; Engineers, Civil; or Engineers, Sanitary. Registered Architects and Land Surveyors with an N exemption may also design septic systems. Your engineer will complete a design for your septic system and well location onto a blueprint. The design will be based on the size of your house (number of bedrooms), the topography of the land, the neighboring wells and septic systems, and the type of soil on the lot (including depth to rock or groundwater).  Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   Where can I get more information on West Nile Virus?

To receive information on the West Nile Virus, call the Dutchess County Department of Health's West Nile Virus Hotline at (845) 486-3438.  Click Here or Here for more information from the Dutchess County Health Department, or visit the website of the New York State Department of Health.

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Q.   How can I get my water tested?

Effective March 1, 2011, the Dutchess County Department of Health's Environmental Water Laboratory was closed. For information about water testing services and contacts, please click HERE

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Q.   Where do I find a schedule of free rabies vaccination clinics?

The Dutchess County Department of Health schedules rabies vaccination clinics for pets three times a year.  Call the Dutchess County Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 to find out when and where the next clinic is scheduled.  If you think you have been exposed to rabies, call the Department of Health at (845) 486-3404.

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Q.   How come my water is white or milky?

If a glass of water appears milky, watch it for awhile.  If the milkiness clears at the bottom first and gradually goes away, the milkiness was caused by air in the water.  This condition has no health significance.  Air in the storage tank or pressure tank (or well) has dissolved into the water.  When the pressure drops (from in the pipe to in your glass) the air comes out (undissolves) and forms tiny bubbles that float to the top and rejoin the atmosphere.  This condition is more likely to occur during the colder months (because the solubility of gases in water increases as the temperature decreases).  Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   My lot approval expired. What can I do?

The lot owner can request an extension of approval. Send a letter with your name, return address, and enough information to find your old approval (tax map number, subdivision name and lot number, street are useful).  You may also use our HD-164 form.   

Send to: DCDOH
             Environmental Health
             85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 106
             Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Click Here for Environmental Health Services contact information.

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Q.   Do I need a permit to operate a hot dog truck and where can I park it?

Yes, this is considered a mobile food service facility and it does require a permit from the Dutchess County Department of Health.  Contact the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Health at (845) 486-3404 and ask to speak with a Public Health Sanitarian for the specific permit requirements for your hot dog truck:  To find out where you can park your hot dog truck, contact the appropriate municipality.  Click Here for a list of municipal contacts.

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Q.   Is my well contaminated?

The best way to check for contamination is to test your well.  The Dutchess County Department of Health  can assist your efforts with specific advice on test types.   Call (845) 486-3404 for assistance.  Click Here to view more information regarding wells.  For Environmental Health Services contact information, click Here.

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Q.   Who can I speak to privately regarding STD/HIV testing?

  To speak to someone privately about STD/HIV testing, contact the Dutchess County Department of Health's Communicable Disease Division at (845) 486-3535.

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Q.   My senior mother/father is getting confused. What should I do?

A DUTCHESS NY Connects intake worker can discuss the situation with you and help you to obtain information or make an assessment.  Call (845) 486-2555 for assistance.

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Q.   How can I find mental health crisis intervention services, therapy services, or treatment for alcohol and/or drug abuse?

For telephone counseling, crisis intervention, information, and/or to schedule an appointment, call Dutchess County HELPLINE at 1 (845) 485-9700, toll free 1 (877) 485-9700 or TEXT "DMH" to 741 741, 24 hours a day. This 24-hour service of the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene is staffed by mental hygiene professionals who will answer your call and schedule an appointment for you and/or your family in an appropriate program and at a convenient location.

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Q.   Where should I go for a psychiatric emergency?

For a psychiatric emergency, go to the Emergency Department at Mid-Hudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, North Road, Poughkeepsie.  Telephone counseling is available 24 hours a day by calling Dutchess County HELPLINE at 1 (845) 485-9700, toll free 1 (877) 485-9700 or TEXT "DMH" to 741 741.

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Q.   Where can I find information about long term care services available?

The long term care Resource Directory is designed to assist you in finding long term care services and information available in Dutchess County.

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Q.   Where can I call if I think my child has ingested something poisonous?

Call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.  The Upstate New York Poison Center is a component of the State University of New York Upstate Medical University Hospital's Department of Emergency Medicine, and is a telephone service available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Q.   I own a small business and I want to offer medical benefits to my employees. Where can I find information and help with this?

To assist in making affordable health benefits available to small business owners and their employees, New York State has implemented the Healthy NY program.  Click on the following link for more information on this program, or call 1-866-432-5849.

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Q.   Where can I find a list of doctors and hospitals in Dutchess County?

Visit our Health Care Facilities and Agencies webpage for a listing of local hospitals.

Click on the link below to find information relating to a physician’s education, practice, legal actions and professional activities:
  http://www.nydoctorprofile.com/welcome.jsp.

Click on the link below to find information regarding Physician Discipline and Professional Misconduct in New York State:
  http://w3.health.state.ny.us/opmc/factions.nsf.

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Q.   Who should get an influenza shot?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year. Persons at increased risk for complications from influenza include persons aged 65 and older, young children, persons with compromised immune systems, and healthcare workers. 

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Q.   Where can I get immunizations needed for college or employment?

 The Dutchess County Department of Health provides recommended adult immunizations at Adult Immunization and Sceening Clinic held in Poughkeepsie. There is a fee for some immunizations.  For more information call (845) 486-3535.

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Q.   Can children get an influenza shot at Dutchess County Department of Health influenza immunization clinics?

 No, but children can get influenza shots at Dutchess County Department of Health Children’s Immunization Clinics in Poughkeepsie, NY. Call 845.486.3535 for eligibilty screening and appointment.

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Q.   Where and when will the Dutchess County Department of Health be giving influenza shots this year?

Flu vaccine will be available through the Department's Adult Immunization and Screening Clinic on Mondays, by appointment at 845-486-3535 or clinics@dutchessny.gov

 

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Q.   Where can I get health information and immunizations for international travel?

The Dutchess County Department of Health conducts International Travel Immunization Clinics. For an appointment or for more information, call the international travel line at (845) 486-3535. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the US State Department to learn more about the country you will be visiting.

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Q.   Is there a fee for the immunizations for international travel given by the Dutchess County Health Department?

Yes, there is a fee for international travel immunizations and a consultation fee. It is payable by cash or check.  For more information call the international travel line at (845) 486-3535.

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Q.   Is there a fee for children’s immunizations given by the Dutchess County Health Department?

  No, immunizations are available free of charge for individuals meeting the eligibility requirements of the New York Vaccines for Children (VFC) program.  Your child’s doctor may also participate in this program.  Please check with your child’s healthcare provider.  For more information, call (845) 486-3535.

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Q.   Where can I get immunizations needed for my children?

   Children’s Immunization Clinics are held for children aged 18 years and younger meeting eligibility requirements.  Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Please call (845) 486-3535 for an appointment and eligibility.

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Q.   What do I need to bring to the Dutchess County Department of Health's Children's Immunization Clinic in order for my child to receive an immunization?

A copy of the child’s immunization record from all previous healthcare providers is required.  For more information call (845) 486-3535.

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