The Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) of Dutchess County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been serving Dutchess County since 1987. Established with only a few staff to meet the growing need for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention/education services, the Council has now grown into a constructive framework for delivering prevention, education, and recovery services. Their goal is to promote positive change by raising awareness about the prevalence of addiction, helping the community recognize its far-reaching impact, and implementing evidence-based programs that are capable of addressing this issue effectively.

CAPE is a NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) licensed provider and a contract agency of Dutchess County. Their dedicated staff provides training, prevention counseling, community education, and recovery services to individuals, families, businesses, schools, community groups, and other local organizations. They also host annual events to raise awareness, increase interagency collaboration, and foster unity among community members.


To be recognized as the premier substance use disorder and addiction prevention and 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 substance use disorders and addictions, 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 organizational guiding principles: Compassion, Credibility, Collaboration Commitment, and Passion.

Substance use and addiction are affecting our community, and it is imperative to work together in addressing this issue and supporting those who are struggling. That truth fuels CAPE’s staff and volunteers to do this integral work. They know that, together, we can implement change and offer hope for future generations.

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