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News Release    

March 9, 2004      

County Announces Public Forum to Discuss Developmental Disability Services

Poughkeepsie, NYDutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus announces a Public Forum to discuss the service needs for people with developmental disabilities and their families, will be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2004, from 4-6 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room, Mental Health Center, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie. The event is open to all Dutchess County residents and is sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee of the Dutchess County Mental Hygiene Board.

County Executive Steinhaus said, “This forum is being held so that the county can determine what supports are necessary to help people with developmental disabilities live successfully in our community. The Department of Mental Hygiene is inviting consumers, family members, providers and all interested citizens to come and speak about their concerns regarding services, or lack thereof, for people who have a developmental disability.”

According to the Commissioner of Mental Hygiene, Dr. Kenneth Glatt, “The input from those who attend the forum will assist the Department in the formulation of its Local Governmental Plan for 2005. We’re talking about improving opportunities for people who have been diagnosed as having a developmental disability occurring before the age of 22, e.g., mental retardation, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and autism.”

Dr. Benjamin S. Hayden, Division Chief for Developmental Disabilities Services, and Frank Falanga, Acting Chairperson of the Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee, will moderate the meeting.

The Mental Hygiene Board’s Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee is a planning and advisory group of volunteer citizens. Dr. Hayden serves as Staff Liaison to the Subcommittee, whose nine members are appointed by the Mental Hygiene Board. For further information, please contact Dr. Hayden at the Department’s  Mansion  Street Center  at     845/486-3700.


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