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Alcohol & Substance Use Services

In Dutchess County, there are many addiction treatment and recovery programs available for people of all ages and needs. Some programs are offered directly by the County, and others are offered by our contract agencies. Getting connected to treatment and recovery programs and finding support is easy, and we are here to help.


Getting Started

Call HELPLINE at 988, text 845-485-9700, walk into the Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie (845) 486-2849, or download the Dutchess County HELPLINE App. We’re here 24/7/365 to help you get connected to the services you need.


Addiction treatment and recovery services are provided directly by DBCH as well as through our contract agencies throughout the County. Services offered directly by DBCH include:


The Intensive Treatment Alternatives Program (ITAP) offers an alternative to incarceration for people who have been arrested for felony or misdemeanor charges where alcohol or drugs played a major role in their arrest.  Instead of serving time in jail, the person completes outpatient day treatment for addiction, with the goal of working to avoid repeat offenses.

ITAP also serves as an outpatient day rehab program for people who are not involved in the criminal justice system.
The program:

  • Provides a safe, encouraging environment for people to work on achieving and maintaining long-term sobriety
  • Offers support for individuals and families who are recovering from the effects of long-term alcohol or substance abuse
  • Improves personal, interpersonal, social, legal, and vocational skills
  • Reduces the amount of time people involved in chemical dependency-related crimes spend incarcerated as well as the likelihood of repeating these crimes
  • Monitors a patient’s health needs and concerns throughout the program 

For additional questions about ITAP, please contact the ITAP Coordinator at 845-486-3680.

Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program

Getting rid of unused or unwanted medications is easy and convenient in Dutchess County. Look for one of our permanent drop boxes throughout the County at these locations.

We accept:

  • unused prescription medications
  • medicated ointments
  • over-the-counter medicines
  • inhalers

We do not accept:

  • hazardous materials
  • needles

Pharmacies and healthcare providers are not allowed to take part in this program.

To dispose of unused drugs at home:  (.pdf from the DEA)

  • Remove prescription drugs from their original containers.
  • Mix the drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Put the mixture in a sealable bag or a disposable container with a lid.
  • Conceal or remove any personal information (including Rx number) on the empty containers.
  • Put the sealed container with the drug mixture in the trash.  If your empty prescription bottles have recycle symbols, place them with other recyclable items for collection.

Syringe Disposal & Exchange

MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center241 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. 

  • Go to the Spellman Loading Dock area to find the kiosk for sharps disposal.

Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc. Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program sites

NYSDOH Syringe disposal Brochure