Department of Mental Health Overview

The Rockland County Department of Mental Health is a provider of behavioral health services and, as the Local Governmental Unit (LGU), the lead agency in the Rockland County Local Services system of behavioral health care.  As a provider of services to the citizens of Rockland County, the Department of Mental Health is licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health.  Services are coordinated with other behavioral health, health and social service agencies as required.

The mission of the Department is to ensure and oversee delivery of high quality, comprehensive, person-centered and recovery oriented services for persons in the Rockland community with mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders.   Services are provided in an ethical, courteous, timely, safe, culturally competent and cost-effective manner.  The role of RCDMH is to ensure that no client falls through the safety net, which is especially critical today given the many changes occurring in the health care delivery systems.


How to get Help

  • If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, call 911 or proceed to the nearest emergency room.
  • If you require mental health outreach services, help is available. Call the Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT) at 845-517-0400 or toll-free at 1-844-255-BHRT (2478).
  • For information on inpatient admissions at Montefiore Nyack Hospital, call 845-348-6700.

Emergency Resources:

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BHRT - Behavioral Health Response Team
 

If you require mental health outreach services, help is available. Call the Behavioral Health Response Team (BHRT) at 845-517-0400 or toll-free at 1-844-255-BHRT (2478). See our Press Release.

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Crisis Text Line 

A crisis can happen at any time. And it isn't always a life-threatening situation. There's a new way to reach out. New York State has partnered with Crisis Text Line, an anonymous texting service available 24/7. Starting a conversation is easy. Text GOT5 to 741741. We've got time to talk.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call 24/7

Having Trouble Coping? Talk to Someone Now. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you're thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support. You'll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. The Lifeline is free, confidential and always available.

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Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 

1-888-628-9454

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New York HOPEline - Call 24/7

If you or someone you care about needs help for Drugs, Alcohol or Gambling, call 1-877-8-HOPENY or 1-877-846-7369.  All calls are toll-free, anonymous and confidential.


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Veterans Crisis Line - Call 24/7

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? Call toll-free at 1-800-273-8255 anytime 24/7 to reach caring, qualified responders, many of whom are Veterans themselves. This free support is confidential and available to Veterans, Service Members, National Guard and Reserve, and family members and friends.

Make The Connection

Make The Connection connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans' own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can also learn about the signs of problems with drugs and alcohol and find sources of treatment and support.

Information on mental health treatment
Treatment and support to overcome drug problems
Treatment for alcohol problems and addiction, self-help tools
Veterans' voices on PTSD

Other Resources:

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NYS OASAS

Get up-to-date information on available treatment and outpatient services for Substance Use Disorder in New York State.

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Combat Addiction

Addiction can happen to anyone, any family, at any time. There is Hope. Addiction is a disease. There is hope.  Help is available.  Recovery is real.  Let us come together to #CombatAddiction.

Free Upcoming Narcan Trainings in Rockland County:

Rockland Community College
Tuesday, February 19
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Student union Room 3214

Blaisdell ATC: Call 845-359-8500 to register

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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

The mission of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is to generate and disseminate fundamental knowledge about the effects of alcohol on health and well-being, and apply that knowledge to improve diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of alcohol-related problems, including alcohol use disorder, across the lifespan.

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Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

OPWDD is responsible for coordinating services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Call the local office at 845-947-6060.


MEDICATION DISPOSAL

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ROCKLAND COUNTY

Medication Disposal Rockland County

Controlled and non-controlled medications can be dropped off anonymously, 24/7, at the Rockland County Sheriff's Office or one of the local Police Departments.

Rockland County Sheriff's Office
55 New Hempstead Rd., New City, NY 10956

Clarkstown Police Department
20 Maple Ave., New City, NY 10956

Haverstraw Police Department
101 W. Ramapo Rd., Haverstraw, NY 10923

Orangetown Police Department
26 W. Orangeburg Rd., Orangeburg, NY 10962

Piermont Police Department
478 Piermont Ave., Piermont, NY 10968

Stony Point Police Department
79 NY-210, Stony Point, NY 10980

South Nyack-Grand View Police Department
282 S. Broadway, Nyack NY 10960

Spring Valley Police Department
200 N. Main St., Spring Valley, NY 10977

Suffern Police Department
61 Washington Ave., Suffern, NY 10901

Controlled and non-controlled medications can also be dropped off at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility on scheduled drop off dates from 8 am - 1 pm.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility
35 Fireman's Memorial Dr., Pomona, NY 10970

2019 Scheduled Drop off Dates - 8 am - 1 pm:
Monday - Friday, except holidays
Saturdays: Mar 9, May 18, Jul 20, Sep 14, Nov 16
Sundays: Apr 7, Jun 23, Aug 18, Oct 27, Dec 15

Our Services


Pomona Mental Health Clinic
The Pomona Clinic serves Rockland County residents and provides services outpatient mental health services. The clinic's target population includes adults, adolescents and children. The Clinic is located in Building F of the Dr. Robert L. Yeager Health Center.  Call 364-2150 for an appointment.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Services (Kendra's Law)
Kendra's Law was enacted to provide Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) services for certain mentally ill individuals who, in view of their treatment history and circumstances, are unlikely to survive safely in the community without adequate supervision. The law established a process for obtaining a court order to direct these individuals to comply with a court ordered treatment plan.  For more information or to make a referral, please contact the AOT Coordinator, Tami Schonberg, at 364-3691.

NY SAFE Act
The New York State SAFE Act stops criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying a gun by requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, increases penalties for people who use illegal guns, mandates life in prison without parole for anyone who murders a first responder, and imposes the toughest assault weapons ban in the country. The Office of NICS Appeals and SAFE Act provides the guidance to mental health professionals on reporting requirements.

FAQ's
Guidance Documents
9.46 Reporting

SPOA (Single Point of Access) Committees

Adult SPOA
The Adult SPOA Committee reviews all requests for Case Management, Assertive Community Treatment and Housing for county residents with mental illness 18 years of age and older. The committee ensures the timely access to needed services, and brings together providers and adjunct supports to help everyone get the help they need and for which they are eligible. The SPOA Chair works with referral sources, families, and hospitals to insure a smooth transition to appropriate care. Applications are reviewed daily and followed up until services are in place. Individuals are welcome to attend SPOA to meet providers and ensure their wishes are respected and the services person-centered. For more information call the Adult SPOA Coordinator, Brigid Pigott, at 364-2399 or fill out the Adult SPOA Application.

Child and Adolescent SPOA
The Child and Adolescent SPOA Committee is a service provided to children with serious emotional disturbance and their families. The goal is to identify and address their needs, many of whom need access to services from multiple systems. The Committee reviews applications for Case Management and OMH Home and Community Based Waiver Services to support each family in their wish to keep their child at home, with specialized treatment, school and other supports such as respite. The Child and Adolescent SPOA is comprised of child and family serving agency representatives as well as members of other county departments working with families to prevent unnecessary out of home placements. An evidence-based practice of networking with families and schools to put together an individualized plan of support is an essential feature of SPOA. For more information or to obtain an application call the Children's SPOA Coordinator, Mariel Piña, at 364-2275 or 405-4180 X5 or fill out the Children's SPOA Application and Cover Letter.

Behavioral Health Services - Rockland County Jail 
The Department of Mental Health provides a Behavioral Health Care Team for the Rockland County Jail that works in collaboration with Correctional Health Services and Corrections to address and manage the range of Behavioral Health needs and risks presented by the inmate population.  The Rockland County Correctional Facility is accredited through the National Commission of Correctional Health Care for the provision of health and behavioral health services at the jail site.

Sex Offender Behavioral Management Program
The Rockland County Sexual Offender Behavioral Management Program is located in the County Government Building in New City, New York.  The primary goal of the program is to provide a higher level of community protection by assisting individuals who have engaged in illegal or deviant sexual behavior.  Kurt Bumby of the Center for Sex Offender Management in November 2006 defined treatment with this population as "prescribed interventions as a means of managing crime-producing factors and promoting positive and meaningful goal attainment for participants, all in the interest of enhancing public safety."  For more information, call 845-638-5138.

Consumer Advocate
The Consumer Advocate is available to ensure Department of Mental Health consumers' rights are respected.  The role of the Consumer Advocate is to respond to complaints related to consumer care.  When complaints are filed the Consumer Advocate works with consumers to obtain a resolution to their complaint.  In addition to responding to concerns, the Consumer Advocate provides information on services and resources available to consumers and their families.  You may reach the Consumer Advocate, Tami Schonberg, at 364-2340.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Rockland County Employees
Confidential assessment and referral program designed to offer professional help to employees who need assistance with personal problems or concerns.  Although not mandated, the program is available to all Rockland County employees and their families as per the agreement with the various unions.  The purpose is to provide early identification and prevention as well as referral to appropriate professional counseling.  Call 364-2300 for more information or to make a referral.