Dutchess County Response to Addiction, Recovery, and Mental Health

Dutchess County Response to Addiction, Recovery, and Mental Health

Season 1, Episode 5

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): Marcus Molinaro: Dutchess County Executive

The INTERSECTIONS Exchange team is joined by Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro to discuss the steps taken by the Dutchess County government to address addiction and recovery. Molinaro describes lessons learned from his lifelong career in local government and underscores the importance of reframing addiction as an illness which can have community solutions.

Topics Discussed

  • Addiction interventions in Dutchess County
  • Synergy between silos in mental healthcare
  • Family and community engagement in recovery
  • Recovery as a journey instead of a destination
  • Importance of Narcan training


Key Quote(s)

  • “[In Dutchess County] we challenge ourselves to use new tools and take advantage of new opportunities to meet people where they are. We don’t judge; we know that addiction is an illness not a crime.” – Marcus Molinaro
  • “No one does silos better than the government, and no one does silos in the government better than New York State.” – Marcus Molinaro
  • “You don’t have to recover in isolation. Addiction is an isolating process, but you don’t have to recover in isolation.” – Dr. Larry Force


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

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.