Coronavirus update: most health care providers, hospitals, and clinics remain open in the Hudson Valley. However, if you need advice or care, it is essential that you call before visiting any of the sites listed here including emergency rooms and urgent care clinics.

Emergencies. The Emergency Medical Treatment & Active Labor Act (EMTALA) requires nearly all hospital emergency departments to provide appropriate help regardless of citizenship, legal status, or ability to pay. Health-Alliance Hospital (formerly Kingston Hospital) emergency room, 396 Broadway, is always open. Phone: 845-334-2890.

Urgent care clinics may be required to provide free treatment. Local clinics include Emergency One, weekdays 8-8 and weekends 8-4 in Kingston, Hyde Park, and New Windsor. CareMount Medical, hours vary (call 844-484-6564) in Lake Katrine, Poughkeepsie, and Rhinebeck.

Coronavirus update: Caremount has temporarily closed its Kingston and Thornwood Urgent Care locations to consolidate resources.

Immunization. U.S. law requires children 18 years and younger to be vaccinated against childhood diseases. The Ulster County Department of Health, 239 Golden Hill Ln., Kingston, provides free vaccines for children and adults. A parent or guardian must accompany children.

Call 845-340-3070 for details or to schedule an appointment. Or, contact NY State Vaccines for Children, a federally-funded program that provides free vaccines to eligible children. Phone 800-543-7468 or email

Dental CareBruderhof Maple Ridge (Spanish, Korean, German, French, and English), offers free care in its onsite clinic, 10 Hellbrook Lane, Ulster Park, 845-339-6680,

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Mental Health. Astor Services for Families and Children serves children and adolescents up to 18 years old or 21 if still in school and living at home. Astor has counseling centers and community- and school-based programs in Ulster, Dutchess, and Orange counties, including Ellenville, Kingston, and New Paltz. For assistance or to learn more, visit the office at 239 Golden Hill Ln., Kingston or call 845-485-9700 or 877-485-9700. Services are offered without regard to race, gender, income, national origin, sexual orientation, or religion.

General/overall Care

Institute for Family Health aims to provide affordable comprehensive care for all with a sliding-fee program based on income and family size. No one is turned away. Hours vary by office with sites in Ellenville, Kingston, New Paltz, Port Ewen, and, Hyde Park (Dutchess County). Services include primary care, dental, women’s health, pediatrics, mental health, diabetes care, and HIV/ AIDS. Plus: Home Visiting Services for Families who live in Ulster County, Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, or Beacon, and are expecting a baby or have an infant under 3 months old.

Ulster County Office for the Aging (website in English and Spanish) offers free, information, counseling, assistance, and advocacy on Medicare, private health insurance, and health plans for those over age 60. To set up an appointment or arrange a community presentation, call 845-340-3456. Office: 1003 Development Court, Kington.

New York State of Health Navigator Program can help families with children under the age of 19 get insurance. A bilingual (Spanish/ English) health care navigator based in Kingston meets privately with individuals and families to identify available services and assist with enrollment. Call 845-372-3233 for an appointment.

Health Care is a Human Right (HCHR) holds a free, walk-in, clinic the second Thursday of each month at The Lace Mill, 165 Cornell St., Kingston, and occasional free clinics in Phoenicia (518-989-6216) and Woodstock (845-253-0355). Contacts: Susan Weeks, founder and physician’s assistant, 845-246-5783; Reenie, Kingston clinic, 845-750-8159; 845-481-3186, Please note: alternative and holistic methods — e.g., acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, massage — only. No medical doctors.

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York has clinics in Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Hudson. They never turn people away if they can’t pay. For those who are uninsured, fees are based on household income. Services typically include general health care regardless of gender or sexual orientation, birth control (including the morning-after pill), pregnancy testing and services; HIV and STD testing, treatment, and vaccines; and abortion services.

Ulster County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) offers food vouchers, nutrition counseling, health screenings, breastfeeding support, and more. The main office is at 239 Golden Hill Ln., Kingston. Programs run in New Paltz, Saugerties, and Ellenville once every two weeks. Phone for all sites: 845-340-3965. Eligible New York residents (you need not be a citizen) include: pregnant women, infants and children up to 5 years old, mothers of babies up to six months or up to one year old if mother is nursing. There are income eligibility requirements.