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Mental Hygiene

Commissioner of Community Services - Brian Hart, LCSW-R

Phone: (607) 737-5501
Fax: (607) 737-5500
Crisis: (607) 442-6900

Office Hours Monday - Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM

The Mental Hygiene Department is responsible for the administrative and planning entity for mental health, mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services in Chemung County through contracts with 14 agencies. As such, it guides the community in program development, and strives to assure access to services in these three disability areas whose common goals are efficacy and quality driven individualized services.

Whenever possible, the department encourages the provider community to work in an integrated fashion allowing some single points of entry into services while blending both programs and funding to best match the needs of the individual. Services available within our community include long term and acute hospitalization services, a 24 hour crisis service, intensive and traditional outpatient programs including Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), forensic services, medication grants, case management, day treatment programs, home based services, alternative housing that include group residents, a half-way home, supportive and supported housing, as well as various forms of respite services.

Access to ACT, and mental health housing for adults and children as well as many other mental health community based services are coordinated through Chemung County Children Integrated Services on behalf of the Mental Hygiene Department.

Chemung County contracts with multiple agencies for the provision of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services. For more specific information use one of the two sites below. Information about upcoming trainings and/or events can be found on the arounja.com page below by going to the website, choosing “find resources”, and making sure that only the “Events / Trainings” box is checked.

Arounja.org: Chemung County, NY
Network of Care for Behavioral Health Chemung County, NY

Local suicide prevention efforts and resources specific to this issue can be found at: Walk A Mile In My Shoes

For information on opioid abuse and the Heroin epidemic go to Combat Heroin, or call New York State HOPEline

The Substance Abuse Regional Alliance (SARA), in response to the national public health issue associated with addiction, seeks a collaborative multi-county/state approach that addresses not only current issues of epidemic proportions, but strategies to address root causes, prevention, treatment, recovery, and social determinants including but not limited to housing, healthcare, and reasonable access to services. In response to the epidemic they are not only tracking overdoses utilizing the national ODMAP system, but have created a website and FREE phone application available to both i-phone and Android users at sara.partners.

Public Meetings:
On the third Wednesday of each month in room 319:
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Sub-Committee meeting 9am-10am
Mental Health Sub-Committee meeting 11:30am-1pm

On the third Wednesday of even months in room 319:
Developmental Disability Sub-Committee meeting 10am-11:30am
Community Services Board meeting 1pm-2:30pm