Alive at 25

Alive at 25 is a 4 1/2 hour evidence-based driver’s awareness course designed by the National Safety Council for young drivers ages 16-24. Participants gain awareness, develop safety strategies, and build a foundation of healthy and responsible decision-making. CAPE’s prevention educators are certified by the National Safety Council to deliver this program. This is a fee-based program. Contact (845) 765-8301 x104

The Butt Stops Here

The Council is proud to offer the Smoking Cessation program which is an evidence-based cessation program developed by Seton Health in Albany. The seven session program utilizes both nicotine replacement therapy in combination with group counseling. Programs are held on-side and conducted by trained educators. Call (845)765-8301 x104 to schedule a session or discuss pricing.

Campus Coalition

A group made up of representatives from Marist and Vassar Colleges, the Council, Town and City of Poughkeepsie law enforcement government, local bar and restaurant owners, and other community members. Meetings are held to discuss issues surrounding alcohol-relate issues on and off campus.

College Consortium

College Consortium representatives from area colleges meet on a regular basis to discuss common challenges and to come up with strategies to deal with a number of addiction issues, including substances and alcohol abuse.

Community Based Forums

This program conducts forums in schools, colleges, and to community-based organizations throughout Dutchess County related to substance abuse and other current behavioral issues.

Eastern Dutchess Community Coalition

Eastern Dutchess Community Coalition is a partnership of agencies, businesses and schools working together to asses the behaviors among youth in the Northeast section of the county. With this data, the coalition will then use this to implement a plan of action to prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors amongst this group of adolescents.


Information and Referral Services

Information and Referral Services provides substance abuse information and treatment referrals to hundreds of people each year, including individuals, families, students, businesses, law enforcement, and educators. Call us and let us help you with your questions.

The Marathon Project

The Marathon Project, sponsored by the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc., is a new, innovative distance running program that pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth in the Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park and Newburgh School Districts, as well as the DC Department of Probation. This is an after-school training program that aims to reduce risk factors such as childhood obesity, gang involvement, school drop out, and substance abuse. The Marathon Project provides opportunities for students to set and achieve goals, explore avenues for character development, improve health, and build positive student/adult relationships through mentoring.

CAPE is pleased to announce the publication of “Positive Social and Health Outcomes for Adolescents: An Evaluation of the Marathon Project.” This initiative arrives on the heels of the MP 2014 Service to Science Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which recognized the MP as one of twenty six programs nationally as an intervention worthy of technical assistance towards evidence-based designation. This programmatic research is the result of the collaboration between CAPE and the Benjamin Center, SUNY New Paltz.

Prevention Counseling/Education Program (Project Success: school-based)

Student Assistance (Project Success) Program provides counselors in 4 school districts and 10 schools providing substance abuse prevention education to students, faculties, and families, individual and group counseling, information and referral services as well as family communication programs.

Prevention Education Program (community based)

This program conducts presentations in schools, colleges, and to community-based organizations throughout the County related to drinking and driving, underage drinking, and alcohol and substance abuse. This program also works with the school-based SADD Chapters.

Professional Education Program

Professional Education Program is a series of substance abuse related trainings sponsored by the Council for people working in the field of addiction. These trainings provide CASAC/CPP/CPS NYS OASAS credit hours.

Recovery Coach Training

An intervention that promotes recovery by removing barriers and obstacles, by providing guidance and mentoring for individuals seeking an improved quality of life. This is a fee-based program.

Southern Dutchess Community Coation

The Southern Dutchess Community Coalition is a partnership of agencies, businesses and schools working together to assess risk and protective factors among youth in the southern section of the county. With this data, the coalition will implement a plan of action to prevent unhealthy and risky behaviors and build youth assets among our adolescents and families.

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training of Trainers (TOT)

An evidence-based training developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). CAPE was one of the Prevention providers selected by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) to participate in the Training of Trainers. CAPE is one of three providers in the Mid-Hudson Valley able to deliver this training. The training aims to familiarize participants with the evidence-based Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) within the context of all Behavioral Health and has directed application to ALL prevention work. This is a fee-based service.

Teen Intervene

Hazelden’s Teen Intervene Program s designed to provide education, support and guidance for teens, specifically who are experiencing mild to moderate problems associated with alcohol or other drug use. Through this brief intervention model of care, youth work one-to-one with a counselor in identifying and changing their choices and behaviors. For more information, call (845) 765-8301 x110.

Teen Driving: A Family Affair

Teen Driving is a program that brings the Victim Impact Panel model into local high schools as part of the student’s application for a parking permit to allow students to drive to school. The program mandates that both the student and a parent attend this modified VIP which includes victims of alcohol related crashes as well as representatives from the District Attorney’s Office, EMTs, and the insurance industry. Parents and students gain an understanding of the serious physical, legal, medical, and financial costs resulting from drinking and driving. Families are asked to create a Family Policy. Contact Stephanie at (845)765-8301 x100 or Email:


TIPS is a nationally-recognized program that teaches bartenders, wait staff, and retail vendors about the legal responsibilities of selling alcohol, how to identify fake IDs, and how to recognize intoxicated patrons and refuse sales when necessary. The Council is pleased to announce that we now offer the TiPS program to our community. Council-sponsored courses can be scheduled at any time. Contact (845)765-8301 x110

Victim Impact Panel (VIP)

Victim Impact Panel (VIP) is a program that serves the entire community by providing a monthly forum on the painful consequences of drunk driving from people whose lives have been forever changed by a drunk driver. People convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) and Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) are mandated by the courts to attend VIP with the aim of reducing recidivism. Contact Stephanie at (845)765-8301 x100 or Email: