Input Sought about Services for Children and Adults
Living with Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Issues

Public invited to forums on May 6th and 7th to help shape programs and services

Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro announced the Department of Behavioral and Community Health (DBCH) will host a pair of public forums to seek community input about the needs of children living with emotional and/or chemical dependency issues, and adults living with mental health issues.

Forums will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the DBCH Training Room, located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 6th – Children and Youth with Emotional Issues and/or Chemical Dependency
  • Tuesday, May 7th – Mental Health Service Needs for Adults

County Executive Molinaro said, “In Dutchess County, we continue our efforts in ‘Breaking Through’ the stigma of mental health and substance use, and these forums are the latest embodiment of that initiative. I urge residents to attend these important conversations and assist those in our community who are struggling to find their path to recovery. An hour or two of your time can help save a life.”

These forums are free and open to the public, and residents are encouraged to attend. All input received will help DBCH shape its 2020 Local Services Plans, which establish long-term goals and objectives consistent with statewide goals and objectives.

For those unable to attend, or who do not feel comfortable speaking in public. Individuals may also submit comments online, fax comments to (845) 486-2829, or mail to: DBCH Forum Comments, 230 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

The public forums are sponsored by the Adult Mental Health and Children & Youth Mental Health Subcommittees of the Dutchess County Mental Hygiene Board. For more information related to the Children & Youth Public Forum, call (845) 486-2766. For more information related to the Adult Mental Health Public Forum, call (845) 486-2751.