It is the mission of the Broome County Mental Health Department to plan, organize, and oversee a comprehensive continuum of care for consumers of public mental hygiene services in Broome County. The continuum of care will provide for the health and safety of Broome County citizens. As part of the vision the Department includes: Planning, Accountability, Coordination, and County Operations.
As such, Mental Hygiene Law (MHL) provides that in all local governments, a Community Services Board shall be established. The Board shall have fifteen (15) members appointed by the local government. Wherever practicable, at least one member shall be a licensed physician and one member shall be a certified psychologist and otherwise at least two members shall be licensed physicians, and members to have demonstrated an interest in the field of services for the mentally disabled. The other members shall represent the community interest in all the problems of the mentally disabled and shall include representatives from community agencies for the mentally ill, persons with developmental disabilities, and those suffering from alcoholism and substance use disorders (MHL)§41.11(a)(7).
The Community Services Board shall have separate subcommittees for mental health (MH), persons with developmental disabilities (PWDD), and alcoholism and substance use disorders (ASA). Each separate committee shall have no more than nine (9) members appointed by the local government. Three (3) of each such subcommittee shall be members of the Community Services Board. Each separate subcommittee shall be composed of persons who have demonstrated an interest in the field of services for the particular class of mentally disabled and shall include former patients, parents or relatives of such mentally disabled persons and community agencies serving the particular class of mentally disabled (MHL)§41.11(a)(7).
See tab marked, Public Meetings, for the CSB, ASA, MH and PWDD Subcommittee Meeting Schedule.
For more information, contact (607) 778-2351.