Mental Health Workers Aid Police (Aired July 25, 2021)

Behavior specialist Linwood Burke and mental health intensive care manager Lashaveous Dicker, now both aiding police in dealing with situations where strong emotions or mental-health issue are involved, are the workers assigned by Mental Health America of Dutchess County (MHA) to help handle these dicey calls. Mr. Dicker is on every call that Beacon Police make, while Mr. Burke
travels with the police detail when mental-health issues are involved, and he also holds community workshops with the police. The MHA staff are in civilian clothes with a vest identifying them as mental-health auxiliaries so that people nervous about the police can relax. The program has been deemed a success, with the MHA staff able to get a troubled perpetrator to drop his knife and to persuade reluctant mentally ill to go to the hospital. Burke and Dicker are trained in techniques to help de-escalate conflicts.

Learn more:
Mental Health America of Dutchess County: https://mhadutchess.org/
Poughkeepsie Police Add Mental Health Worker: https://midhudsonnews.com/2020/08/27/poughkeepsie-police-add-mental-health-worker/
Beacon Police Add Mental Health Worker: https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2021/04/05/beacon-adds-mental-health-specialist-police-department/7084167002/
City of Poughkeepsie Police Department: https://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/police-department/
Beacon, NY, Police Department: https://www.beaconny.gov/index.php/departments/police/

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ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley (Aired on June 20, 2021)

Joan Glase, Director of Public Relations and Foundation at The ARC of the Greater Hudson Valley, visits RadioRotary to describe the work ARC does for its 2,000-some clients in Dutchess, Orange, and Sullivan counties. ARC furnishes group homes for 3 to 9 individuals and provides day programs for those individuals and for many who live with their families. Direct Support Professionals not only provide therapy but also help with employment or other concerns. The goal of ARC is to enable people of all abilities to become productive members of society. In addition to the homes and services to individuals living with their families, ARC has two clinics and both a pre-school and a K-12 school. The clinics offer several types of therapy, dental services, podiatry, and medical evaluation. ARC is a nonprofit primarily funded by government, but many services are enhanced by the ARC Foundation, which raises money through donations and events such at two golf tournaments each year.

Learn more:
The ARC, Greater Hudson Valley, NY: https://arcghvny.org/
The ARC, New York: https://www.thearcny.org/
The ARC (of the United States): https://thearc.org/
Educational Learning Experiences at ARC: https://elearc.org/
National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals: https://nadsp.org/

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Peace Scholar Marie-Paule Attema (Aired on June 13, 2021)

One of the important programs of The Rotary Foundation is educating professionals in ways to improve peace between people and nations, a program called Rotary Peace Fellowships. Graduates of the program, Rotary Peace Scholars, use their education in various ways to increase peace—which is not just the absence of violence—in the world. In this program, RadioRotary interviews Peace Scholar Mare-Paule Attema about her fellowship in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, and her work with Indigenous Australians. Born in Rwanda but growing up in Canada, Marie-Paule has used her peace training in Canada as she deals with mental-health issues, primarily with adolescents. A fascinating show about a woman with a fascinating life.

Learn more:
Marie-Paule Attema: https://rotary9640.org/documents/en-ca/37a25b3d-2c6a-4c1f-a1b7-c7e536fb80c2/1
Rotary Peace Fellowships: https://www.rotary.org/en/our-programs/peace-fellowships
The Rotary Foundation: https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation
Indigenous Australians: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports-data/population-groups/indigenous-australians/overview

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Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (Aired on May 16, 2021)

Crissy Groenewegen

Crissy Groenewegen, project coordinator of the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition, visits RadioRotary to tell about the Coalition’s work with local institutions in the dozen zip codes of Northern Dutchess, which cover the towns of Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Hyde Park, Millbrook, Amenia, Pine Plains, Dover Plains, and Millerton. The coalition was formed in 2009 by citizens concerned with addiction problems in Northern Dutchess schools and has enlisted local businesses, law enforcement,nonprofits, and schools in its drug-free initiatives. The coalition’s concerns include, but go beyond, alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs to vaping with electronic cigarettes, which deliver the potent addictive drug nicotine, and other addictions. One of their recent events was a contest for the best slogan to put on masks, with winners such as “Spread Kindness, Not Germs” and “Keep Calm, and Mask On.” The coalition works with CAPE (the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education) and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

Learn more:
Northern Dutchess Community Coalition on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ndutchesscc/
CAPE: https://capedc.org/
SADD: https://www.sadd.org/

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May 16, 2021 · Posted in Addiction Recovery, Dutchess County, Education, Mental Health  

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