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Dutchess County Employee Honored With 'Vision Of Hope' Award

Beth Alter
Beth Alter Photo Credit: Contributed

Beth Alter, the service's director for the Department of Behavioral and Community Health office in Dutchess is being honored for her years of service.

Alter is the recipient of the Vision of Hope Award from Access: Supports for Living. Alter will be presented with the award at the foundation's annual gala in New Windsor Saturday.

The award is presented to healthcare leaders in the Hudson Valley who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in developing partnerships to positively impact healthcare transformation and have impacted the essence of the agency’s mission: to help people live the fullest and healthiest lives possible.

“The well-being of Dutchess County’s residents has long been my passion, one to which I’ve dedicated my career," Alter said. "Dutchess County has become a statewide leader in caring for those living with mental health issues, transforming and saving lives, and I’m honored to have played a role in those successes."

Alter, a licensed clinical social worker has worked for the county for 30 years, helping both youths and adults battling substance abuse and providing mental health issues. She is a member of the Dutchess County Crisis Intervention Team Steering Committee, as well as a trainer for law enforcement, and a Mental Health First Aid trainer.

As Dutchess County’s Director of Behavioral Health Diversion Services, Alter oversees Dutchess County’s HELPLINE, a 24/7 resource that allows those dealing with mental health issues or those in crisis to call or text (845) 485-9700 and be connected to trained mental health professionals.  Alter also oversees the County’s 24/7 Mobile Crisis Intervention Team and the Dutchess County Trauma Team.

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