Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Department of Community & Behavioral Health (DBCH) is highlighting May as Mental Health Acceptance Month by hosting several forums and events for residents to learn about and discuss mental health services offered in the County for both children and adults. These events are part of Dutchess County’s continuing efforts of “Breaking Through” the stigma surrounding mental health issues and providing opportunities to get direct feedback from the public. The schedule of events for Mental Health Acceptance Month is as follows:
The virtual Public Forums on Mental Health Services are opportunities for families, caregivers, and local stakeholders to get updates on services and share input and feedback about what additional mental health services may be needed. The input received at the forums will help shape the County’s 2023 Local Services Plans. Each forum will include proposed changes, guest speakers, and information on resources available to local families and how they can access them. In addition, there will be a period for those attending to give input or ask questions regarding services and have time to share their mental health journey. The forums will be held online via Microsoft Teams from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Registration is required and can be done at dutchessny.gov/forumcomments
The Mental Health Resources Information Night on Thursday May 5th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30pm at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie will be an in-person event featuring children and youth mental health providers from around the county and give participants an opportunity to speak with them directly to gain information and ask questions about available resources. This event is open to all interested. Registration is requested/required and can be completed at dutchessny.gov/mentalhealthyouth
County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “Join us as we talk about the many programs and services available throughout the county. Our goal is to connect people with the help they need. We encourage all feedback because your input is critical for implementing effective change. Dutchess County remains a statewide leader in ‘Breaking Through’ the perception about mental health, which often keeps those who are suffering from seeking help. These are always productive, proving valuable feedback to help enhance our continuing efforts to help those struggling with their mental health.”
For those unable to attend these events, DBCH welcomes written comments to be read aloud by the forum moderator. Individuals may submit comments online, fax comments to (845) 486-2829, or mail to: DBCH Forum Comments, 230 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.