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Community Education

Information, referral,workshop, classes and conferences.
Director: Janet Caruso, M.S.L.S.

Educational programs are planned according to the needs of the community and with input from our participation surveys. Some of our past speakers incude Jacki Lyden, Meri Nana-Ama Danquah, Mark Ragins, MD, Kathleen Sciacca, MA, and Kenneth Minkoff, MD.

Depression Screenings are held for the public to educate and raise awareness that "treatment works"...after viewing a short video and completing a survey to screen for depression, anxiety, substance abuse and post traumatic stress disorder, participants met with a trained counselor to discuss the results. Information on local resources is distributed. There is no fee to participants.




Living Healthy with Diabetes

FREE 6-week workshop series for adults and caregivers
dealing with Diabetes.

Workshop Dates at MHADC:

Every Monday morning
June 2, 9,16,23,30, July 7
Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am

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Every Monday evening
June 2, 9,16,23,30, July 7
Time: 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Parenting Classes

Increase Your "Parent Power"




How To Talk So Teens Will Listen

A 5 Week Workshop

This course is filled with straightforward advice. It offers both innovative,
easy-to-implement suggestions and proven techniques to build the foundation for
lasting relationships. From curfews and cliques to sex and drugs, it gives parents the tools
to help their children safely navigate the often stormy years of adolescence.


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The P.E.A.C.E Program

("Parent Education and Custody Effectiveness")

Divorce and separation can be a painful for adults and children.

The P.E.A.C.E. Program can help parents help their child through the adjustments and challenges they may face.

P.E.A.C.E. is a child centered educational program for separating and divorcing parents who do not have a history of domestic violence or abuse. P.E.A.C.E. examines children's and parents' responses to divorce and separation.

P.E.A.C.E. gives parents information about the emotional and psychological challenges that they and their children may  experience as a result of the restructuring and reorganization of the family.  P.E.A.C.E. helps the separating or divorcing parents, or step parents protect the well being of their children during the separation process. 

The P.E.A.C..E. program helps parents to safely and constructively find ways to problem solve and minimize conflict.


For further information, contact the Education and Training Coordinator.

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1309 Fax: 845-473-4870

“P.E.A.C.E. is not mediation or therapy.  The Program does not aim to resolve individual disputes. 
The P.E.A.C.E. Program  is solely educational.”

“A Certified Parent Education Program meeting the guidelines of the New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program of the New York State Office of Court Administration.”


Educational Programs and Conferences

Kids on the Block

Kids on the Block Puppet Group


Free Kids on the Block puppet performances for pre-K through middle school children are available. These performances promote mental health, prevent substance abuse, address gang involvement and teach conflict resolution.

Volunteer puppeteers present plays in a safe, fun and entertaining environment in which children learn healthy life skills.

For more information, please call the number below.

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1309 Fax: 845-473-4870


Information and Referral


Please Note: The MHA’s Library has been relocated to the 2nd floor of 253 Mansion Street effective January 29, 2013.

Schools, agencies and individuals in Dutchess County can borrow numerous videos, pamplets and books, to research on mental health related topics, access a private referral list of approximately 200 psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, and obtain information on local support groups and agencies.

See our list of current periodicals here

Hours:  Monday through Friday:  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 845-473-2500 x 1325 Fax: 845-473-4870