Contract Agencies and Services

In order to be eligible for State aid from the NYS Office of Mental Health, the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, counties are mandated under NYS Mental Hygiene Law to have a Director of Community Services, a Community Services Board, and to provide and/or arrange for services including mental health, substance abuse, and services to the developmentally disabled. Warren and Washington Counties do not directly provide these services, but arrange for services through contracts with the following not-for-profit agencies:

The Office of Community Services is also mandated under NYS Mental Hygiene Law to oversee a local annual planning process for each of the three disability areas (mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities). These local planning processes occur through subcommittees of the Community Services Board. Each disability area has its own subcommittee, which meets quarterly to engage in resource and needs identification, prioritization of needs, and establishment of a local annual plan, within state agency guidelines. The subcommittees are comprised of members of the Community Services Board, provider agency representatives, state agency representatives, county department representatives and consumers / recipients of services. The subcommittees also provide an avenue for periodic review of the plan, discussion of any changes in community needs as the year progresses, and an opportunity for networking and discussing various changes within the state funding and oversight agencies and within the local provider community.

The contract services listed are subsidized in part by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and/or the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD).