Department of Mental Health

The Mission of Ulster County Department of Mental Health is to ensure that people with mental health, substance abuse problems, and developmental disabilities receive the behavioral health services they need to promote hope, recovery, and healthy development so that they may achieve the best quality of life possible.

The Ulster County Department of Mental Health is the Local Government Unit responsible for planning, funding, and monitoring of community mental health, developmental disability, and alcohol and substance abuse services in Ulster County.

Leadership Team

Commissioner – Dr. Carol Smith
Deputy Commissioner: Cheryl Qatar, LCSWR: (845) 340–4173,
Deputy Director: Kristin Carney, MBA: (845)340–4173,


Local Government Unit

The Ulster County Department of Mental Health (UCDMH) is designated under New York State Mental Hygiene Law as the oversight body for publicly funded services to mentally ill, chemically dependent and developmentally disabled persons. In addition, the department is licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health to provide outpatient mental health treatment services for adults. The department also receives state aid which the department contracts with not–for–profit agencies for the provision of a variety of other mental health, drug and alcohol services, as well as services for the developmentally disabled.

Outpatient Clinic Services

UCDMH specializes in the provision of a comprehensive range of services for at–risk populations, including seriously mentally ill adults, young adults and adults with co–occurring disorders. Services are provided to individuals mandated into treatment by the courts. Due to financial support from the State and County, the department is able to accept virtually all insurance types.

UCDMH Local Government Unit

Administration: UCDMH is responsible by statute for the oversight of behavioral health service system in Ulster County. This includes ensuring that local, state and federal dollars are used for appropriate, quality services which meet the needs of Ulster County residents with mental illness, substance use disorders and/or developmental disorders. The LGU executes a review of local services in relation to need, determines the local need and executes an Annual Plan to encourage a broad array of services. In addition, the LGU directs and develops the Annual Plan and administers contracts using performance outcome monitoring so that services are coordinated, accessible, and efficiently provided.

AOT: For those individuals who present as a danger to self or others and a history of noncompliance regarding treatment. Family members, service providers, law enforcement may contact the AOT Coordinator directly to request an investigation about the concerned individual. Services include a priority referral to treatment providers, case management services, the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team, and/or mental health housing where appropriate.

SPOA: Single Point of Access/Accountability ensures access for adults or children who are in need of care coordination or residential services. Services for Children affected by emotional disturbances include case management, family support and residential services. Services for Adults affected by mental illness include residential, case management and Assertive Community Treatment (ACT). SPOA services are designed to promote recovery and are personally tailored and responsive to individual needs and preferences.

Suicide Prevention: Ulster County Suicide Prevention And Awareness Committee (SPEAK) is a collaboration of community agencies and county departments committed to building competency at the community level for the prevention of death by suicide. UCDMH is the host agency for SPEAK and for the Ulster County Suicide Response Coordinating Committee which provides support to community groups, schools and others in the aftermath of an untimely death through the provision of crisis responders, training and resources.

UCDMH Outpatient Clinic Services

UCDMH provides an array of clinic services; including individual, group, and family therapy are provided at the Kingston Clinic. Regional satellite clinics are located in New Paltz and Ellenville. Care coordination services are provided in accordance with the needs of the client. The department interfaces with other agencies, other County departments, town courts, and the Kingston City Court for the purpose of assisting persons to gain prompt access to services. Method of Payment:UCDMH accepts Medicaid, Medicare, private third party insurance and out of pocket payments on a sliding scale fee basis, in accordance with one's ability to pay, for the uninsured.

Kingston Clinic: (845)340–4000 Fax :( 845)340–4090
239 Golden Hill Lane, Kingston, NY, 12401
Hours:9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mon/Tues/Wed/Fri; 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM Thurs

Ellenville Clinic: (845)647–3266 Fax:(845)647–1103 
Trudy Resnik Farber Center, 50 Center St., Ellenville, NY 12428
Hours: 10:00AM to 6:00PM Wed

New Paltz Clinic: (845) 419–5110 Fax:(845) 419–2323
137 N. Chestnut St., New Paltz, NY 12561
Hours: 10AM to 6:00PM Tues & Thurs