Mental Health America

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Family Support & Advocacy

Director: Lydia Edelhaus, M.A., Ph.D.


U.S. Senate Building

Working from a consistently strength-based orientation, programs provide advocacy, skill building, education, empowerment, support, and opportunities for social interaction.


Adult Advocacy

Families are made aware of the rights of adult persons experiencing mental illness with respect to medical and social services systems. The program makes referrals to resources available in the community. Peer-led support groups available: Depression and Bipolar Alliance, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.


1st Wednesday of Every Month, 5:15 – 7:00pm

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1316 Fax: 845-473-4870


CASA: Court Appointed Special Advocates

CASA kids

Children in or at risk of placement in foster care due to abuse or neglect are appointed a trained citizen-volunteer advocate who acts as a factfinder for the judge in their case. The volunteer advocates for the children’s rights and acts in their best interest. Referrals are through Family Court.

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1323 or 1360 Fax: 845-473-4870


EMERGE: Parents With Psychiatric Disabilities

Through several evidence-based parenting curricula, parents who have mental illness are helped to establish and work toward parenting goals that improve the quality of life for their families. Wellness Recovery Empowerment Program (WRAP) is also taught, and Advance Directives are encouraged.

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1321 Fax: 845-473-4870


Family Support


Parents of children with special mental health needs are offered assistance and advocacy in their interactions with community service systems. They are helped to achieve self-directed goals and offered opportunities to reduce family isolation.

HOPE for Families provides peer-led parent support groups in Poughkeepsie and Beacon.

The Sibling Support Program provides opportunities for young people to understand their sibling’s mental illness better.

Helping Our Families : When families have concerns about their children’s behavior, Helping Our Families can be a guide to services and programs in Dutchess County that can help. Click here to view the complete guide.

For more information, please contact:

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1343 Fax: 845-473-4870


Respite Programs

Respite provides opportunities for parents of children with special mental health needs to take some time for themselves away from the responsibilities of parenting. Both individual and group respite activities available.

The Young Adult Transition Program is for adults aged 18-25, provides instruction in life skills, educational and vocational advancement, and opportunity for community service.
For further information, please contact 845-473-2500 x 1302     Fax 845-473-4870

Teen Challenge Clubhouse for teens aged 14-19, provides instruction in life skills and opportunities for community service.

Take a look at these mini-posters created for Mental Health Month by members of our Teen Challenge program.

For further information, please contact:

Phone: 845-473-2500 x1324 Fax: 845-473-4870