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Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services

 

Responsibilities

The Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services (formerly the Department of Mental Health) has two primary responsibilities.

The first primary function of the Department is directly providing mental health services to Cattaraugus County citizens.

The second responsibility is the planning of services for all three disabilities: Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, and Developmental Disabilities. Services for alcohol/substance abuse and developmental disabilities are contracted out to private nonprofit agencies.

Locations to serve you

Olean Counseling Center:  Olean County Building, 1 Leo Moss Drive, Suite 4308, Olean, NY 14760. Phone 716-373-8040; Fax 716-701-3729.

Salamanca Counseling Center:  97 Main Street, Salamanca, NY 14779. Phone 716-945-5211; Fax 716-945-5267.

North County Counseling Center:  Stone House - Third Floor, 9824 Route 16, Machias, NY 14101. Phone 716-353-8241; Fax 716-353-8617.

Foundations for Change, Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS):  Niagara Mohawk Building, 203 Laurens Street, Olean, NY 14760. Phone 716-373-8080; Fax 716-373-8093

Counseling services also available at Allegany-Linwood Center, Olean Medical Group, Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc. (CAReS), and some public schools. Phone: 716-373-8040 for more information.

Health Home Care Coordination, Case Management and SPOA (Single Point of Access) for Children and Adults: Niagara Mohawk Building, 203 Laurens Street, Olean, NY 14760. Phone 716-373-0980; Fax 716-373-8150.

Services and Programs

Case Management and Care Coordinator Services

Counseling Services

Forensic Counseling Services

Personaliozed Recovery Oriented Services

Psychiatric Service and Medication Management

Single Point of Access (SPOA) for Cattaraugus County

 

Article 9.46 New York State Mental Hygiene Law (effective March 16, 2013)

All mental health practicioners should be aware that Article 9.46 MHL involves reporting a name to a database for gun control purposes. 9.46 MHL is a reporting statute only, it does not trigger any other action and will not help a mentally ill person receive emergency services. 

In the event of an emergency (imminent risk of harm to self or others), call 911 or follow your established procedures for urgent or emergent situations requiring immediate action.

Procedures regarding reports of substantial risk or threat of harm by mental health professionals:

Please see 9.46 Mental Hygiene Law attachment to review Article 9.46 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.

WHO MUST REPORT UNDER 9.46 MHL:  Only mental health professionals who are:

  1. Physicians

  2. Psychologists

  3. Registered Nurses, or

  4. Licensed Clinical Social Workers

and who are currently treating the person being reported. If the individual resides in Cattaraugus County, the report should be made to the Director of Cattaraugus County Community Services: Dawn Colburn, LMSW, via the following website: http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/safe_act

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR REPORTING:  In the exercise of reasonable professional judment, the mental health professional determines that the person is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others. The standard "likelihood to result in serious harm" means threats of, means threats of, or attempts at, suicide/serious bodily harm to self, or homicidal/violent behavior towards others. This standard justifies the need for immediate action, as a public safety measure, to prevent harm. Mental health professionals must use reasonable judgment when making this determination.

EXCEPTION TO REPORTING:  Mental Health Professionals are not required to report if, in the exercise of reasonable professional judgment, the mental health professional believes that reporting would endanger the mental health professional or increase the danger to a potential victim or victims. 

WHAT INFORMATION MUST BE REPORTED:

  1. Identifying information for the person being reported: Name, Address, Date of Birth or approximate age, Gender, Race, and Social Security Number of the perosn being reported (if available). 

  2. Diagnoses (Axis I and Axis II)

  3. The reason the reporting professional believes that the person is likely to engage in conduct that would result in serious harm to self or others.

  4. Treatment relationship of the reporting professional to the subject of the report, including last date seen by the reporting professional.

  5. Identifying information of the reporting professional: Name, Licensed profession, Professional license number, last four digits of the professional's Social Security Number, phone number and e-mail address where the reporting professional can be reached if additional information is needed. 

  6. The report must include an affirmation that you are the professional listed as making the report, and that the report is truthful to the best of your knowledge. 

 

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