Poughkeepsie … The Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health will host a series of public forums to discuss the needs for individuals living with intellectual and developmental disabilities, substance use disorder and/or mental health issues. Dutchess County holds these forums in the continuing effort to “ThinkDIFFERENTLY” about those of all abilities, and “Breaking Through” stigma to bring accessibility of care to those living with substance abuse and mental health issues. These forums are free and open for all residents to attend. All comments and feedback received will help shape the development of the County’s 2023 Local Services Plans.
County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “These forums are a great resource to the County. It opens dialogue between us and the public to hear what is successful and where changes may be necessary. Taking care of our vulnerable populations is very important and these forums go a long way in giving them the support and services they need most. We encourage those living in these communities, families, caregivers and service providers to attend so we can make the future brighter and successful for all.”
This series of forums will each take place virtually from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Microsoft Teams on the following dates:
DBCH Commissioner Livia-Santiago Rosado, MD, FACEP, said, “We strive to provide quality treatment programs and services to all residents living in Dutchess County. The feedback we receive from these public forums helps in creating successful service plans moving forward. We encourage all to attend to truly feel part of the discussion about how to treat and protect all those living in our community.”
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 moderators. Individuals may submit comments online at dutchessny.gov/forumcomments, fax comments to 845-486-2829, or mail to: DBCH Forum Comments, 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Registration is required. To register, go to dutchessny.gov/forumcomments. Registration is currently open for the March 29th I/DD forum and will be available for the April and May forums soon.
For information on services provided by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health visit dutchessny.gov.