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Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) Offers New Prevention Programs to Dutchess County Schools

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Beginning in the 2022/2023 school year, the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education (CAPE) will offer two new prevention programs to middle and high school students of Dutchess County.

The first of these is PreVenture, an evidence-based prevention program that uses personality trait-targeted interventions to promote youth mental health and skill development with the overall goal of delaying substance use. CAPE will also introduce Rock In Prevention, a program that harnesses the power of music to teach students Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and other life skills that help prevent bullying and adolescent substance use/abuse.

“We are eager to bring these innovative offerings to the students of Dutchess County,” said Cristine Groenewegen, agency director of CAPE. “By giving students more resources that meet them where they are, we believe we can have a strong effect on preventing substance use and promoting positive coping skills for students.”

Along with these two new programs, CAPE will continue to offer existing programs with proven results for area youth, such as Teen Intervene. For more information on these new offerings, please contact Cristine Groenewegen at either or (845) 765-8301 ex. 103.

About the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE)

Founded in 1987, the Council on Addiction Prevention & Education (CAPE), formally the Dutchess County Council on Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, Inc, was established to meet the growing need for Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) prevention and education services in Dutchess County.

Through its guiding values of Compassion, Credibility, Collaboration Commitment, and Passion, along with being certified by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, CAPE’s mission is to become the premier substance use disorder prevention and recovery provider in the Mid-Hudson Region.

CAPE partners with the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition (NDCC) to provide Drug Free initiatives to the Dutchess County community.

For more information on CAPE, or learn how to get involved, visit or follow along on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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