ASTOR HOME FOR CHILDREN
The Astor Home for Children Counseling Services provides mental health treatment services that are accessible, comprehensive, cost-effective and responsive to the needs of children, adolescents and their families in Dutchess County. Astor's Counseling Services is contracted by the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene (DCDMH) as the provider of children, adolescent and family services for all Dutchess County residents and are licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH). The programs enjoy full accreditation from the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
To be eligible for Astor’s Counseling Services, applicants must be 18 years or younger. Clients must have a mental health concern that interferes with individual, family or community functioning. The programs accept all forms of insurance and work on a sliding scale basis for those without coverage. However, no client is denied service based on the ability to pay.
Astor’s Outpatient Counseling Centers are located in Beacon, Poughkeepsie and Red Hook with satellites in Wassaic and Pine Plains Central School District.
To make an appointment, call the Dutchess County HELPLINE at (877) 485-9700.
CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER
The Child Advocacy Center was the first in New York State. Beginning in 1994, this community collaboration began serving child sexual abuse victims and their families. We provide emotional support and an array of services through the collaborating agencies during the investigation phase of a child abuse allegation. Center staff works with CPS workers and police officers stationed at the agency. Following the interviewing process, the multi disciplinary team comprised of the CAC team members, attorneys, medical staff, therapists, police officers, probation officers, and the Department of Social Services Caseworkers meet to ensure that the needs of the child victim and their family are met, and that the perpetrator is kept from jeopardizing the safety of the child victim.
Child Advocacy Center
35 Van Wagner Road
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603
If you suspect child abuse (familial), call the N.Y.S. Child Abuse Hotline:
Our goal is to ensure that legally responsible persons to the best of their ability, contribute toward the support of their children; thus improving the self sufficiency of families though increased financial and medical support. Services include Paternity/Support Establishment and Support Collection/Enforcement.
(845) 486-3100 - Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.
CRIME VICTIM SPECIALIST/ NEW YORK STATE
Under an agreement with the New York State Crime Victims Board, the State Police maintain eight Crime Victims Specialist (CVS) positions in each of the upstate Troops. The Crime Victims Specialists work closely with both police and local victim service agencies to best meet the needs of the victim. They:
Troop K Headquarters/Poughkeepsie
2541 Route 44
Salt Point, N.Y. 12578
The County Attorney’s Office prosecutes juvenile delinquency cases in Family Court. A person who commits a misdemeanor or felony act and who is at least seven and less than sixteen at the time the act was committed may be prosecuted as a juvenile delinquent. Some commonly prosecuted juvenile delinquency cases include sex offenses, assault, robbery, burglary, criminal mischief, and other crimes.
Call (845) 486-2110
Call the HELPLINE for direct crisis counseling and information about and referral for emotional problems, mental illness, alcoholism, or substance abuse.
24-Hour Hotline (845) 485-9700
The Special Victims Bureau of the Dutchess County District Attorney's Office prosecutes through trial Sex Offense cases, including Child Sex Abuse, Domestic Violence crimes and Elder Abuse cases.
Call (845) 486-2300 - Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
The Dutchess County Office of Probation and Community Corrections will assist the public in preparing various petitions necessary to access Family Court. The various petitions prepared include petitions for modification of support, custody, visitation, paternity, guardianship and family offense petitions for those seeking an Order of Protection. A representative from Grace Smith House Inc. assists in completing family offense petitions as well as providing advocacy for domestic violence victims. Petitions are taken Monday through Friday between 9am and 4pm.
Family Court Intake will also reach out to victims when a potential juvenile delinquent has been issued an appearance ticket by the police department to get input regarding the emotional/physical impact on the victim and pertinent restitution information.
Victims of crime who are aware that an adult perpetrator is currently on probation or is awaiting sentence and a presentence investigation has been ordered can contact the Victim Services Unit (VSU) located within the probation department. The VSU will assist victims in preparing a victim impact statement for sentencing purposes. The VSU can make referrals for counseling through Family Services, provide referrals to other support services and assist in completing applications for the NYS Crime Victims Board. The VSU is available to victims for assistance throughout a perpetrators probation sentence.
50 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
(845) 486-2650 - Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
FAMILY SERVICES CENTER FOR VICTIM SAFETY AND SUPPORT
The Center for Victim Safety and Support provides 24 hour comprehensive assistance to all primary and secondary crime victims (i.e. domestic violence, sexual assault, robbery, assault, etc.) in the form of crisis intervention, safety planning, emotional support, advocacy, accompaniment (courts, police department, medical, social services, etc), individual and support group counseling, information and referral, children services, assistance with filing a claim through the NYS Office of Victim Services for compensation, and 24 hour crisis hotlines for domestic violence, rape crisis, and crime victims.
As a victim of a crime in New York, you have a number of rights afforded to you by law.
You have the right:
Family Services, Inc.
29 North Hamilton Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601
Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline (845) 485-5550
Rape Crisis/Crime Victims 24-Hour Hotline (845) 452-7272
Business Line: 845-452-1110
GRACE SMITH HOUSE
Services provided include shelter and transitional apartments for women and children victims of domestic violence-crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, groups, children's programs, follow-up services. Non-residential services are also provided to males.
24-Hour Hotline - (845) 471-3033
HOUSE OF FAITH/HOUSE OF HOPE
This facility is a domestic violence shelter with 14 beds in Southern Dutchess New York and provides 24 hour assistance, counseling and crisis intervention. The mission of the facility is to eliminate sexual assault and domestic violence through sensitive prevention, intervention, and treatment. We believe "There is Hope" for every person.
House of Faith
P.O. Box 1326
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
Business lines: (845) 765-0293; (845) 765-0295; (845) 765-0296
Hotline - (845) 765-0294
2-1-1 provides callers with referrals to and information about health and human services both in times of crisis as well as for every day needs. The 2-1-1 service is operationl 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Call 2-1-1 -or- if you are unable to connect to the 2-1-1 number, call the toll free number at (800) 899-1479.