- Kimberly Brayton, JD, Ph.D., Chair
- Joan Grishkot, Vice-Chair
- James P. Dexter
- Amy Molly
- Holly Irion, LMHC
- Maureen Schmidt
- Lu Thomas-Cosgrove,LCSW-R
- Christina Bessen
Composition and Function of the Community Services Board
New York State Mental Hygiene Law sets forth the composition and function of the Community Services Board for each county. Counties are required to have both a Community Services Board and a Director of Community Services in order to be eligible for State Aid from the various departments and offices of the State.
Composition: The Community Services Board shall have nine members. At least one shall be a licensed physician or a certified psychologist. The members shall represent the community interest in all the problems of the mentally disabled and shall include representatives from community agencies for the mentally ill, the mentally retarded and developmentally disabled and those suffering from alcoholism and substance abuse.
Responsibilities: The Community Services Board is responsible for planning, reviewing and overseeing all services to the mentally disabled within its geographic area. These functions include:
- Identify needs
- Promote and assist in the development of programs
- Research funding options
- Access funding
- Assure compliance to standards established by the State offices that provide certification and funding, as well as any locally developed standards
The Office of Community Services is required under NYS Mental Hygiene Law Article 41 to establish a local plan for each of the three disability areas (mental health, substance abuse, developmental disabilities). 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, 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.
- Mental Health Subcommittee
- Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee
- Chemical Dependency Subcommittee
- Children & Youth Subcommittee
See our Calendar page for subcommittee meeting dates.