INTERSECTIONS Exchange Podcast

The INTERSECTIONS: Policy, Program, and Practice Exchange podcast, a Community-Based initiative, was established in response to the COVID quarantine guidelines issued by New York State in 2020, and was developed to provide adults: “presence, support, and hope from a virtual interactive platform.”

This initiative is designed to bring awareness to addiction and mental health issues and remedies available for all those affected. The covered topics range from the perspective of policy makers, program developers, practitioners, and peers on the local, state and national level.

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INTERSECTIONS Exchange Podcast

S2E19: Cross System Solutions

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Jean-Marie Niebuhr (LCSW-R), the Deputy Commissioner of Behavioral Health in Dutchess County, New York. Niebuhr discusses increasing accessibility of mental and behavioral health resources and shares her unique policymaking perspective on barriers to effective treatment and possible solutions to break down those barriers.


The INTERSECTIONS: Policy, Program, and Practice Exchange team includes: Dr. Larry Force and Dr. Jeffrey Kahana, Director(s) of The Center on Aging and Disability Policy (COAP) at Mount Saint Mary College; Andrew O’Grady, Executive Director MHA Dutchess; Elisa Gwilliam, mindfulness teacher and director of The Center for Balanced Living at Hudson Valley Healing Center; David Brinkerhoff, recovery coach and co-founder NOAAR; Jim Ball, CASAC-T, Coordinator of Peer Services MHA Dutchess; Stephanie Camardella, LMSW, CASAC-II, MHA Dutchess Community Recovery Specialist; and Diana Valentin-Miller, Research Assistant (COAP).

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About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.