Mental Health Access and Support

Mental Health Access & Support


MHA DutchessMental Health America (MHA) is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Their work is driven by their commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Support The CASA Program, which provides trained volunteer advocates familiar with laws & courts, conducts home visits, interviews, and meetings with key people in the child’s life. CASA provides written reports that become part of the court record.
  • Students will provide support to build capacity for the CASA Program.

Hours:  Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with Mental Health America? Visit here for your next steps.


Evergreen Minds, Inc. is a 501(C)(3) charitable organization based in the gorgeous Hudson River Valley region of New York. Evergreen Minds provides people living with dementia and their care partners, enjoyable opportunities for no-pressure experiences in nature and the expressive arts. We keep our group sessions small to ensure a safe, welcoming and personalized experience for all participants.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Support the intergenerational community garden at Vassar Farm
  • Research potential grants for Evergreen Minds
  • Connect with community organizations such as nursing homes

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with Evergreen Minds? Visit here for your next steps.


Center for Victim Safety and Support (CVSS) at Family Services provides 24 hour non-residential, comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes. CVSS also specializes in enhancing the systems response to victims of crime as well as prevention of crimes. They operate under the guidelines of a victim-centered approach, supporting victims’ rights, dignity, autonomy, and self-determination. To enhance the systems response to victims of crime, CVSS follows a model of co-location, where staff split their time between the main office and partner agencies throughout the community to facilitate partnerships and streamline services to victims.

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Opportunities for Engagement:

  • Direct Services
    • Accompaniments to local courts, hospitals, and police jurisdictions
    • Answer crisis hotlines
    • Partner with case managers and advocates
  • Events, Training, and Community Outreach
    • Trauma counseling
    • Facilitate therapeutic groups for youth and/or adults
  • Research & Development

Hours: Students can register for either 0.5 or 1.0 unit of credit. 0.5 unit = 40 hours over the semester with the organization + 30 hours of academic work 1.0 unit = 80 hours over the semester with the organization + 60 hours of academic work

Are you interested in getting involved with CVSS? Visit here for your next steps.


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