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Programs for Young Adults

Are you over 18 and suffering from or caring for someone with a psychiatric illness? Do you need help, but you’re not 100% sure what you need—for example in the case of moving or a sudden life upheaval?

Our Adult Advocacy program will get you the guidance, resource information, and support you need. Give us a call and we can link you with advocacy, referrals, or just a plan to help you move forward with dignity!

Do you have a mental health diagnosis, two or more chronic medical conditions, and/or substance abuse challenges? Do you have consistent daily challenges, but don’t know where to turn?

This program gives you a single point of access to manage all of your care providers, help assess areas where you need help, and provide you the care and resources to enrich your life.

Are you struggling with mental illness but still wishing you could get out more? Want to spend time with people who understand what you’re going through?

Compeer matches adults with community volunteers to go for weekly outings and activities together. You get a supportive friend and mentor, who’s there to check in with you as much or as little as you need to relax and have fun.

Are you an agency or a group looking for a speaker on a particular topic? Do you have an issue relevant to mental health or addiction that your group would like to become more educated on?

If you have an idea for a workshop, we’d like to make it happen. Whether it’s to raise awareness around a current issue, deliver specialized training, or just to educate around MHA’s services, we will tap our network of experts and you determine the layout, length, equipment, and space you need to make it happen.

Do you have a history of depression or bipolar disorder? Are you interested in resources & support from people who know what you’re going through?

The Depression & Bipolar Support Group is a weekly walk-in session where you can listen and ask questions around living a healthy full life, including developing coping skills, building self-esteem, and finding helpful resources.

Are you parent or caregiver to a child with a social, emotional, or mental health diagnosis? Do you feel isolated and wish you could connect with others who know what you’re going through?

Helping Others through Personal Experience is a peer-led support group that gets you feeling connected and empowered through a network of people who are ready to help.

Home and Community Based Services "HCBS" is a program provided in Dutchess County by Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA Dutchess). 

Adult Behavioral Health HCBS can help you achieve your life goals and be more involved in your community.

These services can help with: independence, education and employment, peer and family supports and managing crises.

BH HCBS is available for people 21 and over who are enrolled in a Medicaid Managed Care Health and Recovery Plan (HARP) and found eligible after completing the NYS Eligibility Assessment.

People enrolled in a Special Needs Plan (SNP) may also be eligible for BH HCBS.  

Are you caring for a child between the ages of 2 and 12 who just won’t listen? Do you wish that you could manage their behaviour better without losing your cool?

This workshop will give you the understanding and skills you need to get through to your kid, help them behave, and resolve family conflict peacefully without yelling and resentment.

Are you currently raising or caring for a teen who won’t listen? Do you wish you could have a less stressful relationship with them and still prepare them for the world?

This workshop will help you get through to your teen, not to mention help them get ready to face the adult world responsibly and independently.

Are you a currently going through a stressful separation or divorce? Are you embroiled in a custody dispute, with your child stuck in the middle?

The P.E.A.C.E. program is an interactive class that helps you understand the court system and make sure you keep yourself and your children healthy while you go through this big change.

Have you become so engrossed in your child’s world that you’ve forgotten about your own? Are you ready to start dreaming and living again?

This workshop will teach you how to pursue your own goals while still being a great parent and balancing the demands of life around you. It’s about rediscovery, fun, and honesty!

Are you the parent or caregiver to one or more teens who are constantly challenging your authority? Are you struggling to set boundaries?

This workshop will help you understand the principles of managing difficult behaviour, create agreements with your teen, and overall feel a lot more empowered and a lot less helpless.

Are you a parent or caregiver to a child between 2 and 12 who reacts often with explosive and aggressive outbursts? Does your child seem like he or she only knows one way to react: with anger?

This workshop not only teaches you to solve conflicts with your child peacefully, it helps reduce future outbursts by helping him or her acquire the social and emotional skills required to be comfortable in all domains of life.

What are Peer Services?

Peer support services are peer-delivered services with a rehabilitation and recovery focus. Peers support lasting recovery by forming valuable relationships with our clients. They use lived experience and model healthy behaviors and skills which our clients need for coping with and managing behavioral health symptoms. The goal is to build successful relationships within the community and to enhance recovery-centered principles (such as hope, self-efficacy and community living skills).

Are you living with a Severe Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) and looking to become more independent and comfortable in society?

This program will help you learn and refine your life skills. You get the opportunity to build your own schedule, learn in a familiar setting, and take the pressure off by learning coping skills and medication management.

Do you have a child in preschool or kindergarten, and want to start off their school career on the best foot possible?

This workshop will introduce you to the skills that children need to thrive in school, so that you can get a head start and make sure they get a great education.

Are you currently raising a teenager? Do you want to be proactive in teaching them the skills they need to thrive, and preparing them to face the coming challenges with grace?

This workshop will help you prepare your teens to live life well. We’ll help you understand common problems, as well as how to effectively lead your teen into young adulthood.

Are you attending (or about to attend) Dutchess Community College? Are you recovering from a psychiatric disability or an addiction disorder? Could you use a little extra support on campus?

Our Supported Education Program will allow you to make the most of your college experience by helping you get adjusted and connected to useful services. Achieve your educational goals, build strong relationships, and stay happy and healthy throughout!

Do you have a severe persistent mental illness you’re trying to live with? Are you homeless (or at risk), struggling with addiction or mental health issues, and needing an affordable and safe place to live?

This program offers housing that stays matched to your income. Once your housing needs are met, this frees up time and energy to focus on building a fulfilling and stable life for yourself.

Have you been through a dysfunctional family life? Is it still affecting you emotionally, mentally, or spiritually?  Do you use substances or compulsive habits to help yourself feel better?

This workshop helps you understand how trauma affects you physically, and teaches you how to embrace healthier solutions for clearing your emotions and embracing a healthy future.

Celebrate with us at our 64th Annual Meeting and Appreciation Awards

Event details:

  • $40 (includes lunch)
  • Date: May 17, 2018
  • Time: 11 A.M.
  • Location: Poughkeepsie Grand, Regency Room - 40 Civic Center Plaza
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