This highly trained group of peer volunteers is supplemented at times by the Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene’s Trauma Team. This is direct service to the first responders who are faced with horrific circumstances while responding to emergencies. First responders frequently face many pressures and stress at high levels and the Critical Incident Stress Management Team helps them deal with that stress. The team responds to incident scenes and holds defusing and debriefing sessions at the scene or afterwards in a group session.
The team serves all First Responders, Police, Fire and EMS when requested.