Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse can take many forms: physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, active neglect, self neglect, and financial exploitation. DC OFA can help in getting assistance for Elder Abuse situations. Or referrals can be made to the DC Department of Community & Family Services Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm by calling (845) 486-3300.

“Physical abuse” means the non-accidental use of force that results in bodily injury, pain, or impairment, including–but not limited to–being slapped, burned, cut, bruised, or improperly physically restrained.

“Sexual abuse” means non-consensual sexual contact of any kind, such as forced sexual contact.

“Emotional abuse” means willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, intimidation, or other abusive conduct, such as frightening or isolating an adult.

“Active neglect” means willful failure by the caregiver to fulfill the care-taking functions and responsibilities assumed by the caregiver, such as abandonment, or willful deprivation of food, water, heat, clean clothing, and bedding, or health related services.

“Self neglect” means an adult’s inability, due to physical and/or mental impairments, to perform tasks essential to caring for oneself, such as: providing essential food, clothing, shelter, and medical care; obtaining goods and services necessary to maintain physical health, mental health, emotional well-being, and general safety; managing financial affairs.

“Financial exploitation” means improper use of an adult’s funds, property, or resources by another individual, such as fraud, embezzlement, conspiracy, forgery, falsifying records, coerced property transfers for denial of access to assets.

Dutchess County Adult Protective Services: 845-486-3300. Assists adults who cannot protect themselves from neglect, abuse, hazardous situations, or provide for their basic needs. Case managers make visits to the home to identify needs and services options.

Mediation Center Coalition on Elder Abuse: 845-471-7213. Individuals and private and public agencies working together to protect elders from abuse, neglect and exploitation and to preserve the quality of their lives.

Family Services Crime Victims Assistance Program: 845-452-7272. Provides a comprehensive Crime Victims and Rape Crisis Program offering a 24-hour hotline involving counseling and referrals to forensic services for physical or sexual assault.

Dutchess County Office for the Aging: 485-486-2555. Provides a wide array of community bases services designed to assist senior citizens, their care givers and others in maintaining the highest level of independence.

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Scam Prevention Presentation (30 pages) by Brian Jones, outreach coordinator at Dutchess County Office for the Aging


Legal Services for Seniors

The Dutchess County Office For The Aging funds a Legal Services for the Elderly Program designed to provide legal advice, and in some cases, representation, to Dutchess County Residents age 60 and over. The program has no financial eligibility requirement; however, it is intended for those senior citizens who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.

Prospective clients may make an appointment through the Dutchess County Office For The Aging at [toll free] 866-486-2555 or 845-486-2555.   There is no fee for this service, but contributions are accepted.

Mid-Hudson Valley Mediation Center

The mission of MH Mediation is to assist people in conflict to resolve their disputes and reach a mutually acceptable agreement without having to rely upon third parties to make decisions for them. Through an exploration of the facts and the parties’ interests, we are generally able to formulate a mutually acceptable solution, one that is consistent with the values of the individuals and that meets their individual interests.

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Prescription Drug Drop Off Sites

Medications steadily accumulate in the home, where the vast majority are improperly discarded or stored indefinitely.  Many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medications, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, posing safety and environmental hazards.
By allowing residents to anonymously dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medications throughout the year at permanent medication disposal sites, the Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program proactively addresses drug abuse throughout the County.
The following drop-off locations are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
  • Dutchess County Law Enforcement Center, 108 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie
  • New York State Police, Troop K Headquarters, 2541 Route 44, Salt Point
  • City of Beacon Police Department, 1 Municipal Plaza, Beacon
  • East Fishkill Police Department, 2468 Route 52, Hopewell Junction
  • Hyde Park Police Department, 3 Cardinal Road, Hyde Park
  • Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, 19 Tucker Drive, Poughkeepsie
  • Wappingers Falls Police Department, 2628 South Avenue, Wappingers Falls
Additional drop-off locations are accessible during the following days and hours:
  • Village of Millerton Police Department, 21 Dutchess Avenue, Millerton:  Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.  to 4 p.m.; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, 4 p.m. to midnight
  • Village of Red Hook Police Department, 7467 South Broadway, Red Hook: Daily, 8 a.m. to midnight
  • Village of Rhinebeck Police Department, 76 East Market Street, Rhinebeck: Daily, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, Pawling Substation, 9 Memorial Avenue, Pawling; residents can call (845) 486-3000 to make arrangements for drop-off