Cross System Solutions

Cross System Solutions

Season 2, Episode 19

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

Guest(s): Jean-Marie Niebuhr: LCSW-R, Deputy Commissioner of Behavioral Health in Dutchess County, New York

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. 

Topics Discussed

  •  Jean-Marie Niebuhr’s journey to the behavioral health field
  • Recovery and mental health resources available in Dutchess County
  • Effects of COVID on the county government’s ability to serve constituents
  • Deinstitutionalization in the mental health field
  • Addressing addiction from clinical and policy perspectives
  • Importance of family support throughout recovery


Key Quote(s)

  • “We have to try to figure out strategies to move away from stigma and isolation. One of the things I think we’ve been very fortunate to do, we’ve been able to  applaud recovery through this whole discussion.” – Dr. Larry Force
  • “We would like to be able to challenge ourselves here in Dutchess County to be able to create a system where individuals always have a treatment option no matter what the problem is.” – Jean-Marie Niebuhr


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.