Mental Health America Dutchess County offers life skills programs and support groups for children, teenagers, young adults and adults.  See also: Recovery.

For Children

Kids on the Block features nearly life-size puppets that educate and entertain young children. Children learn healthy life skills that increase awareness and understanding. Programs are available free to schools and youth groups on these topics: bullies, gangs, and school safety; obesity, multiculturalism, learning disabilities, substance abuse prevention, and emotional well being. For more information, e-mail Marlene Taylor or phone her at at 845-473-2500, ext. 1309.

SibShops are support groups that help children ages 4-12 better understand and cope with a brother or sister’s mental illness. For dates, go to our Calendar and search for SibShops. For more information, e-mail Kat Weaver or phone 845-473-2500, ext. 1375.

For Teenagers

Teen Challenge uses evidence-based curricula to support youth 14-19 with with serious emotional disorders. The program includes weekly gatherings for skill building, discussion, and fun plus monthly recreational activities or community service projects. For additional information, e-mail Julie Simpson or phone 845-473-2500, ext. 1324.

Building Bridges is a support group to help teens 13-18 better understand and cope with a brother or sister’s mental illness. For more information, e-mail Kat Weaver or phone 845-473-2500, ext. 1375.

To see related events, go to our Calendar page and search for Teen Challenge or Building Bridges.

For 18-25 Year Olds

Supported Education serves students whose post-secondary education has been interrupted as a result of mental illness. Working with Dutchess Community College and state agencies, MHADC helps people get into school, stay in school, and succeed in school. Eligibility: 18 or older, meet admission requirements for Duchess Community College, and be referred by ACCES-VR, New York State’s Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation. For details e-mail Kathryn Weaver or phone her at 845-473-2500, ext. 1375.

Young Adult Transition programming includes a rich menu of weekly life skills training, wellness self-management, and job preparation. Participants also may take part in community service, internships, and make business and community connections. In addition, MHADC provides information, peer support groups, and coaching for the families of young adults. For details e-mail us or phone 845-473-2500, ext. 1302. This program is supported by the Dyson Foundation.

For Adults

Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS) are comprehensive supports for individuals who have been diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. Services use a psychological-educational approach in a classroom setting. Programs aim to improve functioning, increase employment, promote education, and reduce the need for inpatient and emergency services. PROS also has a clinic staffed by a psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, and therapists.

For more information e-mail Kristi Hazleton or phone 845-473-2500, ext. 1213. PROS is based at MHADC’s Wellness Center, 249 Main Street in Beacon. Visit our Contact page for directions.