The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc. (CAPE), (formerly the Dutchess County Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Inc.), was founded in 1987. The Council is a charitable 501(c)3 organization that was established to meet the growing need for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention and education services in Dutchess County. CAPE is certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services to provide prevention counseling and education to businesses, community organizations, schools, and agencies.


To be recognized as the premier substance use disorder (addiction) prevention & recovery provider in the Mid-Hudson Region by implementing nationally established educational programs, policies, and services.


A health-focused community educating families on risk factors contributing to behavioral health (including substance use disorders), emphasizing prevention and harm reduction efforts, and engaging in compassionate care practices to better understand addiction as a complex brain disease.


CAPE is committed to the following essential and important organizational guiding principles: Compassion, Credibility, Collaboration Commitment, and Passion.