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Welcome to Onondaga County Mental Health Services

This website is designed to provide access to information and resources related to the current activities of Onondaga County Mental Health and our partners in delivering quality behavioral healthcare services. We sincerely hope that you find it valuable.


If you would like to speak with someone about mental health services please call 211

or visit 211 CNY for available resources.

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Overview - Onondaga County Mental Health Services

What Does Mental Health Mean? 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.

In Fulfilling Its Mission, Onondaga County Mental Health:

  • Supports cooperation between service recipients, families, service providers, City, County, State and Federal authorities;
  • Sponsors and promotes education and training to advance the use of state of the art, evidence based practices;
  • Assesses and plans for the behavioral healthcare needs of County residents;
  • Develops appropriate service capacity and access to services through selected funding of behavioral healthcare services and oversees program performance and outcomes;
  • Promotes public understanding of behavioral health disabilities to reduce stigma and promote meaningful and productive community involvement for those with these disabilities.

The Department Knows That:

  • People with mental illness, chemical dependency or developmental disorders can lead meaningful, productive lives;
  • There are effective, science based treatment and service delivery strategies that promote recovery; and
  • Quality pays - the continuous improvement of services decreases suffering and the economic costs of these disorders.

Onondaga County Mental Health Includes:


Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

  • Administers Kendra's Law, Mental Hygiene Law 9.60
  • Assessment and Monitor of Court Ordered Community Based Treatment
  • Adults with Serious Mental Illness, Lack of Compliance with Treatment, History/High Risk of Violence
  • Connect to Supports and Services to Help Person Remain Safely in the Community

Single Point of Access (SPOA)

  • OMH Funded in Each County
  • Priortizing Access to OMH Licensed Residential and Case Management Services for People with Serious Mental Illness
  • Identifying, Screening, Referring Around 1,000 People Each Year


Dual Recovery

  • Promoting Person-Centered Care
  • Coordinating Recovery Oriented Services
  • Facilitating Special Projects
  • Providing/Coordinating Training

Peer Engagment

  • Peer Support and Advocacy for People Who Experienced a Drug Overdose in a Medical Setting
  • Works with Hospital Social Workers and Discharge Staff to Facilitate Substance Use Treatment, Support and Recovery Services
  • Builds Relationships with Patients Who Frequently Use the ER and/or have a Dual Diagnosis
  • Identify Personal Obstacles that have Prevented Previous Recovery Efforts from Being Successful
  • Empowers People to Make Informed Choices About Their Treatment and/or Support Options



  • Monitors Contracts for Services Delivered on Behalf of Onondaga County
  • Oversees Funds from OMH, OASAS
  • Oversees Contracts and Prescribed Obilgations by Community Service Providers
  • Ensures/Oversees Deliverables are Being Executed by the Community Agencies
  • Quarterly Review of Contracted Services Performance Metrics
  • Assist Community Agencies (Contractors) in the Execution of the Contract for Prompt Payment of Service Deliverables


Planning & Quality Improvement

  • Annual Plan
  • Data Driven Needs Assessment
  • System of Care Managment and Improvement
  • Learning Collaborative Approach
  • Evidence Based/Best Practice Implementation
  • Coordination with Community Initiatives and Other Departments
New York State Oversight of Services
Outpatient, Inpatient, Residential, Care Coordination

3 Disability Areas


3 State Agencies



Mental Health


New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH)




Substance Use


New York State Office of Substance Abuse Services (OASAS)




Developmental Disability


New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)





Onondaga County Mental Health works with the above New York State Agencies. We also work with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration or SAMHSA.                          





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