Veteran services

MHA Dutchess will provide a one-stop-shop for veteran services in the new building

POUGHKEEPSIE – Mental Health of America Dutchess County (MHA Dutchess) has taken possession of a building in Pleasant Valley thanks to a valuable donation. The building is slated to become the new headquarters for the agency’s veterans services programs.

The owners of Pleasant Valley Medical Arts LLC voted unanimously to approve the donation of the property at 1335 Route 44 in Pleasant Valley to MHA Dutchess.

MHA Dutchess CEO Andrew O’Grady said his agency took possession of it on Friday, April 29. He said there have been several conversations with the owners of the building and that they have embraced MHA’s vision for the use of the property.

In a released statement, O’Grady said, “The property is zoned for medical purposes and our vision is to populate the space with the full range of veteran health and wellness services. The space has convenient off-street parking and a ground floor entrance to provide our veteran heroes with easy access to all the services we will be providing there. The goal is to simplify what our military must go through to receive the care and benefits they earned when they chose to sacrifice themselves to protect this great country.

The current Vet2Vet program, Professional Services for Veterans and Homeless Services for Veterans are located on Haight Avenue in Poughkeepsie, and they will move into the new space valued over $1 million. . From there, MHA will work to bring other outpatient mental and physical health care providers for veterans to the same location.

The goal, according to O’Grady, is to create a single location for veteran service providers to reduce the burden of having to make multiple stops in multiple cities to obtain services.

O’Grady added, “We cannot thank the shareholders of Pleasant Valley Medical Arts enough for their generosity and belief in MHA’s mission and vision. We know they built this space themselves and took great care of it. The legacy of this space is important to them, and MHA will not let them down.