Wellness Services

The Department of Wellness Services provides a continuum of rehabilitative services to adults who have a major psychiatric disability and/or a developmental disability diagnosis. The goal of departmental activities is to assist persons in realizing individual educational, recreational, vocational and social goals in the most natural setting.  The Wellness Services programs are based at the MHA Clifford Beers Center and have traditionally operated as a comprehensive "clubhouse" meaning a place where a range of full services can be accessed.  "Hard rehabilitative services" include recovery education, work readiness, career planning, job training, literacy skill development, social skills training, community skills training, and linkages with community based health services. "Soft" rehabilitative services include leisure time planning, a focus on personal interests, the development of hobbies and talents in the areas of occupational and art therapies, travel and mobility skills training, and a focus on Wellness and healthy lifestyles.

Click here for the Wellness Services Intake Packet.

Wellness Skills Program

The program includes therapeutic recreation, socialization and education opportunities in community living skills by offering activities such as having dinner at restaurants in the community, seeing current movies, or attending cultural events, along with shopping and laundry trips.  Activities are offered Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  The Wellness Skills Program is based at the MHA Clifford Beers Center in Kingston.
Phone: 845-339-9090 ext.105

Clerical (Unit) Program

This program is comprised of three 14 week sessions each year and focuses on learning functional and marketable office vocational skills.  Two class levels meet each trimester.  A class of 8-12 students will work to gain the skills needed to explore personal competency and job availability in competitive work offered in the community. A sample of the curriculum is training in touch typing, Microsoft Office Software Package, and Publisher. The Clerical unit also offers training in Entrepreneur skills to assist individuals who are considering beginning their own business.  This program provides a person with the skills and preparation to open and manage their own independent business.
Phone: 845-339-9090 ext.122

Introspective Program

For this program, MHA staff, as well as professional consultants provides expertise in special areas of interest such as art and music. A rotating monthly schedule is posted in the newsletter. All MHA participants sign up in advance, as space is limited. Classes take place at the Clifford Beers Center and at the site of learning, such as the YMCA, Mohonk Preserve and the Women's Studio Workshop.
Phone: 845-339-9090 ext.121

Social Club

MHA's first OMH direct service contract began in 1978 with a Geriatric Social Club program in Plattekill NY. Today, this program has evolved into a larger social activity group welcoming all ages from young adults to seniors.  Participants live Kingston, Rosendale, New Paltz, Plattekill, Ellenville, and Lake Hill and meet during the week at MHA’s Clifford Beers Center in Kingston.  Program activities are designed to promote socialization in a relaxed, safe, and inviting atmosphere which allows participants an opportunity to pursue personal growth and recovery.  Daily exercise, along with personal hygiene and grooming are emphasized along with offering a variety of recreational and educational activities on and off-site.
Phone: 845-339-9090 ext.123

MHA Drop In Center

The Drop-In Center was created in 1989 through the collaborative effort of the Office of Mental Health, Ulster County Mental Health Services and the Mental Health Association.  Currently, this is a self-directed, peer run program where peers maintain the day to day program operation. While being a friendly, welcoming place where someone can spend a day, this program also offers peers an opportunity to develop the program via their own input and initiative.   Lunch is available daily, Monday through Friday at the cost of $2.00.

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services (MR/DD)

Respite, Advocacy and Health (RAH)

The RAH program began through the collaborative efforts of the YMCA, YWCA, Gateway Industries, Ulster-Greene ARC, and the Mental Health Association in 1974.  RAH is funded via Family Support Services of Taconic DDSO which is an OPWDD agency and is designated for adults with Intellectual Disabilities or other Developmental Disabilities who live with their natural families at home.  RAH provides evening and weekend respite to families by providing therapeutic program activities that enhance the personal, educational, recreational and social skills of program participants.  A variety of activities are offered five to seven evenings per week and are planned after seeking input from participants to ask about activities that they would enjoy. The following are a sample of typical activities:

  • Monday Bowling remains one of the most popular activities and this evening activity is a training ground for the athletes participating in Special Olympics. An average of 25 persons attend weekly.
  • The Ellenville Program is held Tuesday afternoons at Ulster-Greene ARC’s Pilot Industries in  Ellenville NY. This program was requested by parents to provide activities and serve a wider area of Ulster County.  An average of fourteen consumers participate on a weekly basis.
  • Wednesday Night Dinner continues to be an evening of socialization with friends. Aside from the dinner, there are ongoing sessions of music, theater arts, poetry, crafts, games, community presentations and holiday celebrations. An average of 50 diners attend weekly.
  • Thursday is the New Paltz Program, consisting of weekly van trips. An average of twelve people attend weekly.
  • Saturday is The Clubhouse Program which meets monthly throughout the year. An average of 30 individuals attend each session.  Movies, games and lunch are all part the twelve sessions held at the Clifford Beers Center.
  • Special Events and Parties: These occur on weekend days when Clubhouse isn’t scheduled or around the holiday season each year.  Van trips round out the myriad of activities that are planned by participants.
  • Vacation Travel Club:  This is a very popular component of RAH which began in 1982 and occurs throughout the year. The goal of this program is to assist persons in planning and facilitating opportunities in vacation travel.  It is aggressive in overcoming physical obstacles related to traveling and looks toward creative ways to get the most for one's money. In the past, participants have traveled to destinations that included a cruise to Bermuda, staying at a local campsite for the annual camping trip, a trip to Cancun, Mexico, a trip to Montreal, Quebec, and at least annual trips to Lake George NY.

For anyone interested in joining RAH please download the RAH Intake Application here.

Complete and return to MHA in Ulster, Attn: RAH Program, P.O. Box 2304, Kingston, NY 12402.  For additional information you can download our brochure here and/or call 845-339-9090 ext.101.