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Individualized Support Programs

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).

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.  


The Teen Challenge Program is for at-risk youth ages 14-18. Some challenges teens may face today include: low self-esteem, lack of social skills, advancement of education, further development of life skills and/or job placement. The program addresses these possible challenges through weekly life skills curriculum meetings; vocational/educational mentoring for jobs and education; and community engagement involving community service projects.

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 know a child that’s currently in foster care or at risk of placement? Do you wish you had someone neutral involved to provide an outside perspective with the kid’s best interests at heart? An objective point of view?

When your case is assigned a CASA worker, you get a trained volunteer advocate who works to observe and understand the child’s situation. This person provides Family Court judges with impartial information about the circumstances of the children involved.

Are you caring for someone under 21 with chronic and serious mental health conditions, including functional impairment? Are you struggling to juggle all the different providers, physicians, and support providers?

If you qualify for Medicaid, we can help you get a single Care Manager. This single Care Manager can help you make appointments and coordinate health and community health agencies to keep your child healthy and safe as simply as possible.

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 the parent or caregiver for a child with a Serious Emotional Disorder (SED) between the ages of 4 and 18? Do you ever feel burnt out or wish you could have a bit of a break to focus on your own life?

The Respite Program provides monthly group recreational activities, which provides a time of positive peer interactions for the children, while providing the caregivers with a time of relief. Our Respite program allows you as parent or caregiver to take some time for yourself. You get the opportunity to focus on self-care (or errands, or whatever!) while your child goes out with a trained respite worker for fun and educational activities.

In addition, we offer our Teen Challenge program, for ages 14-18. This offers participants the opportunity to meet in dynamic weekly education groups to work through evidence-based life skills curricula; perform Community Service activities; and enjoy socialization in recreational events. Summer camp programs are available for enrolled members. 

Are you parent or caregiver to a child with emotional, social, or mental health challenges? Are you going through a particularly rough challenge and need some extra support?

Our Family Peer Advocate is here to listen to your story and work with you one-on-one to find a solution. Whether it’s finding you the appropriate resources or going to court, social services, or a hospital on your behalf, we’re here to help you get through this!

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 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!

Are you or a family member a veteran in Dutchess County suffering from PTSD, suicidal thoughts, TBI, depression, addiction or other mental health issues? Do you need help and aren’t sure where to turn?

We are committed to helping you set personal recovery goals and then get there, whether it’s by making a plan, developing the skills you need, or just giving you support along the way.

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.

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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