Mental Health Services

The Town of Wappinger identifies the advocacy of mental health services and programs as a top priority within this government. Mental health services include services and programs for individuals living with mental health and/or substance use issues. Some services are offered directly by Dutchess County, and others are offered by community contract agencies.

In partnering with NAMI, the Town of Wappinger is working to advocate for and support individuals living with a mental health condition and their families. In doing so, we will eradicate stigma. We will continue to support research, causes, treatment; and access to services regarding mental health conditions. 

Please incase of an emergency call 911 or text/call DUTCHESS HELPLINE at  845-485-9700

Message from Town Supervisor Cavaccini

Dear friends,

Each of us, whether we realize it or not, knows someone struggling with mental illness or the demons of addiction. Far too many in our community do not get the services and assistance they desperately need as many are silent about their struggle. As a Town who is no stranger to this loss, we must come together, talk about it, confront it and most importantly, provide the tools, support, and resources necessary to help. In partnership with Dutchess County Government and the many mental health advocacy organizations in our region, it is the goal of your Town government to ensure that all those in Wappinger obtain access to resources in fighting this ongoing epidemic.

I do trust that the information and resources on this page will shed light to how we can help those in need.

Learning more about mental health allows us to provide helpful support to those affected in our families and communities. We hope that if you or a loved one is going through a crisis, that they can find assistance through this web page.

Respectfully submitted,
Joseph D. Cavaccini
Wappinger Town Supervisor

Getting Started

Getting connected to any mental health service can be simple, and our community partners are here to help.

Call the DUTCHESS HELPLINE at 845-485-9700, 24 hours a day, or walk into the Dutchess County Stabilization Center at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie (845) 486-2849. Dutchess County has services 24/7/365 to help connect you to the services you need.

Services for Adults

Partial Hospital Program

The Partial Hospital Program is an intensive mental health treatment program operated by DBCH. It’s designed for people who have acute or severe mental health symptoms, whether they have recently been hospitalized or are trying to stay out of the hospital.

Introduces you to coping skills to help you:

  • Manage daily life more effectively.
  • Address issues of mental illness.
  • Deal with the impact of substance abuse.
  • Provides access to prescribers who can manage your medications.
  • Offers individual therapy, with couple or family therapy, if needed.
  • Connects you with resources for care management, peer advocacy services, and housing.

For more information about DBCH’s Partial Hospital Program, call 845-486-2700.


Jail-Based Services
DBCH’s jail-based behavioral health program provides mental health and substance use services to individuals in the Dutchess County Jail and connects them to continuing services once they leave incarceration. For those who received mental health or substance use treatment prior to incarceration, the behavioral health team provides continued support, ensures the continuation of medications, and offers motivational counseling.


Single Point of Access (SPOA)
DBCH coordinates and is the Single Point of Access for a variety of supportive residential services for adults who are living with serious mental illness. The residences are divided into categories determined by levels of funding, support, and supervision. The SPOA program offers a uniform process for receiving and evaluating referrals and matching individuals to the services they need.


How do I start the SPOA process for adults?

Review and complete the following:

  • Adult SPOA and Housing Referral Form (.pdf)

Please submit to: SPOA Unit

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health
230 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Fax: (845) 486-2852

For additional questions about SPOA and Housing Referrals, please contact the SPOA Office at (845) 486-2808.

Services for Children

Mental health services for children are provided by our contract agency partners throughout the County, but DBCH is your Children’s Single Point of Access.


Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPOA) helps to identify Dutchess County residents between the ages of 5 and 21 who are at the greatest risk of being placed outside of their homes due to serious mental health or emotional issues.

CSPOA helps connect your child to a wide variety of supports, services, and programs in Dutchess County based on the identified needs of the child or adolescent, and the family.

The goal of CSPOA is to strengthen and empower children, adolescents, and their families so they can lead safe, productive lives. By making connections to the best supports and services for your child, we can greatly reduce hospitalizations and residential placements for our County’s youngest residents.


CSPOA services include:

Home & Community-Based Services (Waiver):

  • Individualized Care Coordination
  • Respite, Skill-Building
  • Family Support
  • Intensive In-home Services
  • Crisis Response

Care Coordination:

  • For families who have Medicaid
  • Links to community supports that will help build on the child’s strengths and improve their coping skills.
  • Medicaid Service Coordination for children ages 5 through 21 who meet qualifying conditions.

Case Management:

  • For families who have health insurance
  • Links to community supports that will help build on the child’s strengths and improve their coping skills.
  • Limited spaces available.

Residential Treatment Facility (RTF) application processing for children or adolescents who require a higher level of services.

How do I start the CSPOA Process?

Review and complete the following:

Please submit to:

DCDBCH Childrens SPOA Unit

230 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Or email: cc:

The County will:

  • Contact each person involved in the referral, including the parent/guardian and other service providers who are working with the family.
  • Review a summary of needs and strengths of the child at our CSPOA committee meeting to determine which services are needed.
  • Contact the family to let you know which services can be offered

For additional questions about CSPOA, please contact the CSPOA Coordinator at 845-486-2700.