Commissioner of Human Services - Brian Hart
We know the work can be strenuous, even daunting at times, and the expectations for timeliness may feel anxiety provoking, but that anxiety can be temporary as University of Chicago studies have found, that writing down negative thoughts can be helpful in shedding anxiety while increasing performance.
It can be easy to allow a situation get the best of you, but staying positive, and maintaining an optimistic outlook can not only help you and but those around you to thrive. Committing to this broaden way of approaching stress as a personal resource helps to build internal strength, and encourages others to naturally feed off of your emotional energy, or as I can often be heard responding to as describing a sense of feeling “Marvelous”.
Open and effective communication is critical in the work we do with families. Human services workers can unfortunately be exposed to more tragic things in one day than most do in a year. It is imperative for staff to remember the importance of self-care. Therefore, we encourage staff to take advantage of our Breath~Body~Mind program. After all, as leaders we need to instill calmness and a supportive environment that help us in furtherance of a pleasurable work culture, so let’s all take the time to remember we are here to help others, by first taking a moment of solitude to enjoy a breath of calmness, and allowing ourselves to release a sense of open sensitivity to others.
Human Resource Center
425 Pennsylvania Avenue
PO Box 588
Elmira, NY 14902-0588
Phone: (607) 737-5302
Fax: (607) 737-5500
Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
The Commissioner of Human Services directly oversees two county departments, the Department of Social services and the Department of Mental Hygiene, which includes the Children's Integrated Services Division.
The Department of Social Services Division is comprised of the:
- Children and Family Services Division
- Division of Temporary Assistance
- Administrative Services Division