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Prevention & Training

DBCH offers many educational programs and trainings to promote wellness, prevent suicide, and reduce
substance use and overdose in our community.

Learn more about these opportunities below, or call our Prevention Coordinator at 845-486-2885 to ask specific questions about mental health and substance use prevention.

Narcan Training

Naloxone (Narcan) is a medication that reverses an overdose by blocking heroin or other opioids in a person’s brain for 30 to 90 minutes. We offer Narcan training to anyone who believes they may encounter a person who is at risk for drug overdose or misuse.

Led by Behavioral & Community Health staff, the training will review:


  • why naloxone works to reverse an overdose
  • what to do when an overdose is suspected
  • how and when to give someone Narcan

Each trainee receives a FREE Narcan kit to carry.

Monthly drop-in training sessions will be offered from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the DBCH Training Room, located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, on the following dates:

September 25, 2019
October 23, 2019
November 27, 2019
December 18, 2019

No pre-registration is required for drop-in Narcan training sessions.

If you need to be trained immediately, come to the Dutchess County Stabilization Center, 230 North Road, in Poughkeepsie, any time of day or night. Someone will train you immediately. No appointment needed.

For more information, or to find out about additional training opportunities, call (845) 486-2885 or email You can also visit the New York State Department of Health to learn more about their statewide opioid overdose prevention program.

Suicide Prevention Training

We offer several types of suicide prevention training:

QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) – This one-hour training reviews three simple steps that can help anyone identify the warning signs of a suicide crisis.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) – Designed for all caregivers, this workshop offers more formal training to family members, friends, and other community members who may be the first to speak with a person at risk of suicide.

Suicide Safety for Teachers & Staff (SST) – This one-hour training is designed for teachers and other school staff who have no mental health training. The course reviews the importance of suicide prevention, characteristics of at-risk students, the critical role played by educators, and more.

Lifelines: A Suicide Prevention Program – Designed for use in middle and high schools, this program provides practical information and training materials for faculty and staff for identifying and referring students who may be at risk for suicide. The curriculum fits easily into health class lesson plans, and also involves parents in the school’s suicide prevention activities.

To learn more about suicide-prevention training opportunities, please contact our Prevention Coordinator at 845-486-2885 or

Additional Training Programs

Mental Wellness Training

Mental Health First Aid – This 8-hour course teaches how to help an adult who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or issue.  Participants will learn the importance of early intervention, review risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction, and discover strategies for helping someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Youth Mental Health First Aid – This 8-hour course teaches how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or crisis. Ideal for parents, school personnel, or anyone who interacts with teens, this program introduces common mental health challenges, reviews adolescent development, and teaches an action plan for helping young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. 

Advanced Training Programs for Schools

Second Step – From the Committee for Children, this evidence-based program gives teachers an easy-to-implement, engaging way to teach social-emotional skills and concepts. The program is designed to help children thrive, be more successful in school, and develop social-emotional skills to last through adulthood. (Funding support may be available.)

Too Good for Drugs – This school-based program is designed to reduce risk factors and enhance protective influences related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) use among students.  The program utilizes evidence-based strategies to help build students’ sense of self-esteem, and confidence in their ability make healthy choices. The series includes developmentally appropriate curricula for each grade level. (Funding support may be available.)

For more information on our prevention and training programs, please contact our Prevention Coordinator at (845) 486-2885. Our staff is happy to work with you to accommodate your training and prevention needs — either at your location or at our behavioral health campus at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie.