Welcome to Mental Health Services 

Mental health means living a meaningful and productive life - having a life worth living - as defined by an individual's interests, goals, hopes and dreams. Mental Health Services advance the health of County residents by monitoring and continuously improving the system of behavioral healthcare services in Onondaga County.

These prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services lessen the personal and community impact of mental illness, chemical dependency and developmental disorders on children, adolescents and adults.


Mental Health Resource Directory
(Click above title to download)

Mental Health One Page Resource Directory
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Mental Health Awareness Month B4Stage4
(Click above title to view the Weekend on Today with Laura Hand Interview with Commissioner Lisa D. Alford on the importance of treating mental illness before it becomes critical.)

Free and Confidential On-Line Mental Health Screening Tools
(Click on the above title for free and confidential on-line mental health screening tools.)


Information Updates

New Pocket Guide:
Medication-Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of a new pocket guide for health professionals:

Attached please find a free copy, just click on the link.

Pocket Guide Medication Assisted Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder

This pocket guide offers:

1. A checklist for prescribing medication
2. U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved medications for use in the treatment of opioid use disorder, including extended release injectable naltrexone, methadone, and buprenorphine
3. Screening and assessment tools, including an 11-item scale, the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale
4. Best practices and patient care

You can visit: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA16-4892PG for more information or to order hard copies.


2015- 2016 Peace of Mind


NAMI Syracuse Educational Conference, Thursday, October 8, 2015, Empire Room, New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse.


SAMHSA'S Working Definition of Recovery.


Eight Dimensions of Wellness.

Mathew Roosa Director of Planning & QI - Interview: Weekend on Today with Laura Hand June 14, 2015 - Discussing B4Stage4.


Mathew Roosa. Director of Planning & QI

Mat Roosa Weekend on Today June 14, 2015
(Credit: NBC3/Weekend Today in Central NY)


B4Stage 4 - When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we do not wait years to treat them. We start way before Stage 4. We begin with prevention. This is what we should be doing when people have serious mental illnesses, too.

Stage 1- Mild Symptoms Warning Signs such as loss of sleep, feeling tired for no reason, feeling low, feeling anxious, or hearing voices, we should act.
Stage 2 and 3 - Symptoms increase and then become severe and life altering.
Stage 4 - Symptoms evolve into a crisis event like unemployment, hospitalization, homelessness or even incarceration. In the worst cases, untreated mental illnesses can lead to loss of life an average of 25 years early.

Mental health conditions are not only common, they are treatable; early identification and intervention must be before Stage 4. These include confidential and free on-line screenings, (www.mhascreening.org), clinical services, drugs, peer supports, counseling, family supports, and other therapies that also help them manage thoughts and emotions. These all help keep people connected to their families and their community.

Intervening, as early as possible, preserves education, employment, social supports, housing and brain power! With intervention and treatment people can, and do, recover and reclaim their lives, the results can be truly amazing and life changing.


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