Mental Hygiene

Overview

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.

Community Work

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 and intensive 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.

Agencies

Chemung County contracts with multiple agencies for the provision of mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services. Information about upcoming training and/or events can be found on the Arounja website, choosing "find resources", and making sure that only the "Events / Trainings" box is checked.

Resources

Local suicide prevention efforts and resources specific to this issue can be found at:

For information on opioid abuse and the Heroin, epidemic go to Combat Heroin or call New York State HOPEline at 877-846-7369.