County to Host Public Forum
Discussing Addiction and Recovery
Poughkeepsie … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (DBCH) will host a public forum on Wednesday, April 19th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, to discuss services and programs in Dutchess County for people in all stages of addiction and recovery. Individuals, families and community providers are encouraged to attend in person, and all input will help shape the County’s 2024 Local Service Plans to strengthen addiction and recovery services throughout Dutchess County. Registration is required, and residents can register at dutchessny.gov/forumcomments.
The event will offer attendees the opportunity to share their own experiences, hear from community members who found a pathway to recovery, learn about local services and speak directly with the County’s recovery service providers.
The forum will also review the latest substance use-related efforts and initiatives, as well as discuss changes that may be needed. Attendees will hear about 2022 accomplishments and learn about Dutchess County’s newest resources, such as the Empowerment Center and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program. Local service providers will be on site sharing information about their programs and services, and DBCH will offer Narcan training to those who are interested.
DBCH Deputy Commissioner Jean-Marie Niebuhr said, “We know many of our residents can relate to this topic, as either they or someone close to them is dealing with addiction and recovery. This forum is a crucial resource to our department as we hear directly from community members as to what has been successful and what may need changing. This event brings together the County’s dedicated staff, local service providers and attendees with lived experience, and there is such value in that. I am confident that working together can make an immeasurable impact.”
For those unable to attend, or do not feel comfortable speaking in public settings, DBCH welcomes written comments and questions to be read aloud by the forum moderator. Individuals may submit comments online at dutchessny.gov/forumcomments, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax comments to 845-486-3691, or mail to: Addiction and Recovery Forum, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Additional information about addiction and recovery services available in Dutchess County is available on DBCH’s substance use webpage.