When MHADC incorporated in 1954, Dutchess County had only two mental health assistance options – expensive private therapy or hospitalization at Hudson River State Hospital.
In 1953, the Society for Mental Health, as it was called then, established a community clinic that charged on a sliding scale. Soon Society members began volunteering at the hospital and advocating for its patients. In 1961, they opened an alcohol clinic and an ex-patients’ club in 1964.
In 1967 the Society was instrumental in obtaining federal funds to construct the Dutchess County Mental Health Center still open at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie. In 1970, the Society turned its clinics over to Dutchess County.
Today, more than 50 years later, Mental Health America of Dutchess County continues the Society’s mission as a not-for-profit organization. Our administrative offices, library, and most care providers are based at 253 Mansion Street, Poughkeepsie. MHADC’s Wellness Center, focusing on recovery programs, is at 249 Main Street in Beacon.
MHADC is funded by Dutchess County and its departments of Mental Hygiene and Social Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the New York State Department of Health, the Dyson Foundation, and other public and private funding sources including community members like you.
The bell in our logo represents an actual 300 lb. bell,
the Mental Health America Bell, forged more than 50
years ago with iron chains and shackles (pictured above)
that had bound people in asylums. It is a visual reminder
of our past and the progress we have made, inspiring us
as we pursue our vital mission.