Department of Mental Health

The mission of the Ulster County Department of Mental Health is to ensure that people with mental health and/or substance abuse problems or 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 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, MD, MPH (845) 340-3173
Deputy Commissioner: Amy McCracken, LCSWR: (845) 340-4173, amcc@co.ulster.ny.us
Deputy Director for Administration: Kristin Carney, MBA: (845) 340–4173, kcan@co.ulster.ny.us

 

Units/Programs

Local Government Unit

The Ulster County Department of Mental Health (UCDMH) is designated under NYS  Mental Hygiene Law as the Local Governmental Unit, responsible, by statute, for  oversight of publicly funded services for mentally ill, chemically dependent and developmentally disabled persons within Ulster County’s behavioral health service system

Oversight includes ensuring that local, state and federal dollars are used for appropriate, quality services which meet the needs of Ulster County residents.  The department acts as a conduit for State Aid funding distributed to not–for–profit agencies for the provision of a variety of  mental health, drug and alcohol services, as well as services for the developmentally disabled and administers contracts using performance outcome monitoring.   

The LGU executes a review of local behavioral health services, determines the need, and directs, develops, and submits an Annual Plan to New York State  to ensure that the broad array of services are coordinated, accessible and efficiently provided.

 

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT): 

Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT or Kendra’s Law) is legislation enacted by New York State that provides for either voluntary or court-ordered treatment for certain adult (over 18 years of age) individuals with a mental illness who, in view of their history of non-compliance with recommended treatment and present circumstances, are unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision.  Referrals may come from a variety of sources including treatment providers, family members, Probation Officers, courts or police, and each case is investigated to ensure the individual meets criteria.  AOT assists with priority assignment to treatment, case management services or the ACT Team, and where applicable, to housing services.  Information on eligibility criteria can be found on the NYSOMH website. For further information or to discuss a possible referral, please contact the AOT Coordinator at (845) 340-4110. 

 

Single Point of Access/Accountability (SPOA):  

SPOA 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. Link for adult and  children’s SPOA application will be coming soon. 

 

Suicide Prevention, Education, Awareness & Knowledge (SPEAK):  

The Ulster County SPEAK Coalition 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.  

SPEAK link and link to trainings for the community coming soon.