Directory of Services

Schenectady County

Monday, 20 November 2006 at 20:30 GMT, by SiteAdmin

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Draft prepared by Roy Neville of NAMI-Schenectady (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Schenectady), updated September 2008. Reviewed and published by Schenectady County Office of Community Services; Jack Cadalso, director; Darin Samaha, deputy director. Typing and format by Terri Squires, administrative assistant. Directory is intended for use by professionals, families and others seeking access to services for people with mental illness and disability in Schenectady County. Most of these agencies and facilities are publicly assisted but we have expanded the directory to include many private sources of help, as well.

Case Management
Children's MHS
Consumer Clubs
County MH
Crisis & Emergency
Elderly Service
Family Support
Food Resources
Homeless Services
Homeless Services
Hospital Services
Legal Services
Medical Health
Mental Health
Residential Services
Subsidized Housing
Full Rent Housing
Other Services

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Addiction Agencies

Alcohol Emergency On-Call Service:
1-800-252-6465. Provides a range of intensive outpatient treatment services.

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Call 24 hours 7 days a week. PO Box 494, Schenectady 12301.

Bridge Center:
Intensive men’s residential treatment facility. The program includes individual and group counseling, transition planning, case management, screening, intake and crisis intervention for residents. Located at 70-72 Union Avenue.
Carver Community Counseling Services:
Medically-supervised outpatient clinic for the treatment of substance abusers and their families. Located at 846 State Street. Guido Iovinella, Program Director.

Conifer Park:
518-399-6446 or 1-800-989-6446.
A 225-bed residential chemical dependence treatment facility for adults and adolescents. Treatment programs consist of detoxification, intermediate care, family and continuing care. Interventions and assessments are also available. Located at 79 Glenridge Road, Glenville.

Conifer Park Outpatient Clinic:
Provides a caring, client-centered treatment approach for adults, adolescents and families. Services offered are a diverse array that are accessible during the day and evening, include Saturdays. Substance abuse is the primary consideration. We take Medicaid. Located at 600 Franklin Street. David Kazel, Director.

Narcotics Anonymous:
Call 24 hours 7 days a week.
New Choices Recovery Center:
(Formerly known as the Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council of Schenectady County) Provides a wide range of intensive and clinic outpatient treatment services as well as residential programs. Located at 302 State Street. Trisha Stampfli, Executive Director.

St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Clinic Services:
Provides outpatient substance abuse services to adults, adolescents and families based on individual treatment needs. Located at 2925 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam. Kristen Hansen, Program Director.

Whitney Young Health Center:
Methadone treatment center. 4-10 Dewitt Street, Albany.


Benefits and Entitlements

(Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, etc.)

Capital District Center for Independence (CDCI):
CDCI serves persons with mental disabilities; benefits and entitlement counseling, referrals for housing and services, daily living skills training, advocacy, supported work. Located at 855 Central Avenue, Suite 110, Albany.

Family Health Plus (for Adults):
A public health insurance plan run by the NYS Department of Health for adults ages 19 to 64 who do not have health insurance, but have an income too high to qualify for Medicaid.

Child Health Plus (for children):
Available from the NYS Department of Health. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Child Health Plus A or B. Both plans are available though dozens of provides in NYS.

Ellis Hospital Insurance Assistance Program:
For help with Ellis Hospital bills. Located at 1101 Nott Street.

Food Stamps:
 Information available through the Department of Social Services. Persons over age 60 can apply for food stamps through Catholic Charities at 518-372-5667 to receive help with application and interview.
HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program):
 518-382-8485 or 518-382-8481.
Provides cash to help pay heating bills for low income individuals and families. For applicants aged 60 or older, it is administered by the county Office of Senior and Long Term Care Services, 107 Nott Terrace, Suite 202. For those under 60, contact the county Dept of Social Services (see below).

Nutrition Outreach and Education Program of Catholic Charities of Schenectady County
provides assistance with food stamp applications including pre-screening, regulations, and gathering documents. Available for presentations about food stamps. Located at 818 Union Street
Schenectady County Department of Social Services:
 For information, call 388-4470; for centralized intake, call 388-4273; for public assistance, call 388-4423; for temporary assistance, call 388-4427; for food stamps, call 388-4412; for HEAP, call 388-4213; for Medicaid, call 388-4445; for children's services, call 388-4570. DSS also provides Child Protective Services at 388-4212. Child abuse and neglect, 388-4400 or call NYS Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-342-3720. Social Services has substance abuse assessment coordinators, Pat Woodward (388-4201) and Mona Stewart (388-4685).

Schenectady County Office of Senior and Long Term Care:
Accepts applications and issues photo ID’s for county welfare CDTA bus
Schenectady Office of US Social Security Administration:

Supplemental Security Income for the aged, blind and disabled. Apply here for SSI, SSDI, Old Age and Survivor’s Benefits. Located at 530 Franklin Street.

Unemployment Insurance:
Call 1-888-209-8124 to talk to a representative. File a claim via telephone claims center.
Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency:
Counsels veterans, helps them fill out applications for medical services at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany and refers others to veterans outreach clinic on Gerling Street (Sheridan Plaza) (346-3334). Veterans Service Agency is located at Center City, 433 State Street, 4th floor, Tom Hanaway, director. .

Veterans Service Agency:
 Located at 433 State Street.
WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children):
Located at 1044 State Street. (See Food Resources

Case Management for Adults

Ellis Hospital Case Management:
To meet short-term needs of Ellis Hospital mental health patients only. Assist with emergency shelter and food and with initial applications for DSS/SSA benefits.
Intensive Case Management (ICM):
ICM services are provided for the serious and persistently mentally ill clients by the Ellis Mental Health Clinic. Ron Davis is “bridger” to get services for clients and check on people after discharge. The clinic also has an "Aging Out" ICM program for ages 17-22. Program is located at 216 Lafayette Street. Access to this program is through the Schenectady County SPOA Coordinator, Sean Tuckey @ 518-386-2218 or email to request referral forms.

Medication Grant Program:
Assisting people with mental illness upon discharge from correctional facilities or inpatient facilities. Discharge planning links them to community services and other entitlements, as well as funding for medications upon release. Contact Tim Staples, Transition Manager of Mohawk Opportunities.
Supportive Case Management (SCM):
Rehabilitation Support Services provides SCM services to recipients to increase active participation in work and meaningful social relationships while it increases attaining safe and affordable housing. Program is located at 650 Franklin Street. Liz Millet, Program Director. Access to this program is through the Schenectady County SPOA Coordinator, Sean Tuckey @ 518-386-2218 or email to to request referral forms

Children’s Mental Health Services

Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
518-372-5667. (See Family Services).

Child Guidance Center @ Northeast:
Diagnosis, evaluation, and counseling services managed by Northeast Parent & Child Society. Located at 530 Franklin Street. Joseph Gallagher, Vice President of Children’s Mental Health Services.

Ellis Hospital Adolescent Unit:
(see Hospital Inpatient Psychiatric Services)
Family and Children Service of Schenectady:
(See Family Services.)

Northeast Parent & Child Society:
Takes children placed with them by courts or from families in difficulty; clinical services, prevention, family outreach, children’s residence.
(See also Crisis Services, Residential Services, Child welfare and child protective services of County Department of Social Services, under Benefits)

Consumer Clubs, Self-Help Groups, Peer Assistance

Bethesda House:
A drop-in center that provides services for the chronically homeless. Services include: case management, daily meals, medical and legal clinic, screenings for substance abuse, food stamp applications, etc. Located at 418 Liberty Street. Margaret Anderton, Executive Director.
Consumer Connection:
Support and advocacy. Meets at CDPC Community Support Center. Contact Barbara Shumacker. Located at 426 Franklin Street. Also, NAMI-Schenectady Consumer Affiliate has office at 1559 Van Vranken Avenue. Contact Barbara Shumaker at 518-372-1100.

Ellis Hospital “Collage” Psychosocial Club:
Collage is devoted to providing a safe, supportive and empowering social environment. Open six days a week (Monday-Friday), offering daily and evening social, cultural, educational and vocational opportunities.Computer instruction (Mike Abair). A nutritious snack and dinner are provided each day at no charge to Collage members. Located at 1328 State Street. Holly Clark, Director.

Peer Advocacy Program of Ellis Hospital:
Training and paid internships for mental health consumers who work in the hospital adolescent and adult inpatient units, outpatient clinic, emergency room and clubhouse. Lynne Davidson, Director.


County Mental Health Administration

Office of Community Services:
Planning and management of publicly assisted mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services within the County of Schenectady. John J. Cadalso, Director; Darin Samaha, Deputy Director; Sean Tuckey, Adult Single Point of Access (SPOA) and AOT Coordinator; Robin Boyd; Children’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator; Ray Hare, Dual Recovery Coordinator, Ed McCorry, Behavioral Health System Administrator. Located at 107 Nott Terrace, Schenectady

Crisis/Emergency Services
Call city, town or village police on 911 for emergencies,
CDPC Crisis Intervention:

State hospital emergency intake for nine county area, mobile crisis team serving Albany. CDPC Crisis phone line (24 hour response), 447-9611 ext. 6675.

Child Protective Services of County Department Social Services:

Community Crisis Network of Schenectady Community Action Program:
Located at 913 Albany Street.
Dominion House of Mohawk Opportunities:

Stabilization residence providing short-term, transitional support and housing. Access to this program is through the Schenectady County SPOA Coordinator, Sean Tuckey @ 518-386-2218 or email to request referral forms.
Ellis Hospital Crisis Services: 518-243-3300.
Provides 24-hour crisis evaluations and triage at Ellis Hospital’s emergency department and community outreach. Crisis intervention services are available to persons experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Services include face-to-face assessments in the Emergency Room, telephone counseling and referrals to other agencies or resources. Located at 1101 Nott Street.

Samaritans Suicide & Crisis Prevention Hotline:
Crisis Helpline fields calls from people who are often in pain or angry and need to talk to someone about their thinking and emotional problems. Open 12 hours from 11 am to 11 pm. Jill Ordonez, program director. Based in Albany.
YWCA, Schenectady City Mission, Salvation Army–
Also manage shelters in Schenectady.

Elderly Services
(See also Benefits and Entitlements; Food Resources; Mental Health Treatment; and Residential)
Catholic Charities  (see under Family Support and under Food Resources)

Eddy Senior Care/PACE Program:
Located at 502 State Street.
Schenectady County Office of Senior and Long-Term Care Services:
Does assessment and case management for individuals needing personal care services to remain in the community. Arranges for visits to home by public health personnel. Also takes applications and issues photo IDS for CDTA bus cards. Contracts with Visiting Nurses Association of Schenectady, which takes Medicaid. Senior and Long-Term Care is located at 107 Nott Terrace, 2nd Floor.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority
Has three public housing complexes for low income elderly. Has scattered site apartments for the elderly through HUD  Section 8 rental vouchers and homeowner programs. (Other apartments for elderly through NYS Health Dept's enriched housing program.) Located at 375 Broadway.

Employment & Training

CDPC Schenectady Community Support Center:
Vocational Services--a vocational readiness program for community employment. Also, Renaissance Gallery, a consumer operated business in picture framing for those in the CDPC support center. Located at 426 Franklin Street. Contact Ed DuGrenier

Empire State College:
Located at One Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Glenmont Job Corps Agency:
518-767-9371 or 1-800-805-2505.
Offers personal career planning, vocational training, GED or HSD, driver’s license, social skills instruction and ultimately employment in several trades. Applicants must be 16 to 24 years of age, meet income guidelines, and have acceptable behavior background. Located at 822 River Road, Glenmont. Stephanie Wilson, Outreach and Admissions Counselor.

HELP (Helping the Elderly Live with Pride):
An affirmative business of RSS that employs people with psychiatric disabilities in lawn care, janitorial and general repair work. Located at 1559 VanVranken Avenue.

Literacy Volunteers:
Provides focused tutoring, one-to-one or in small groups of adults at no cost to the student. Mailing address: PO Box 139, Schenectady 12305.

NYS Commission for the Blind:
The mission for the NYS Commission of the Blind and Visually Handicapped is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in development of the capacities and strengths of people who are blind and visually impaired. Located at 155 Washington Avenue, Albany.

NYS Department of Labor, Division of Employment Services:
No office in Schenectady. Nearest location is 175 Central Avenue, Albany (462-7600); full service offices, has workshops, access to job listings. Other offices in Ballston Spa, Amsterdam, Troy and Cobleskill.

Northeast Career Planning:
Offers educational and vocational assistance to persons with disabilities. NCP provides career counseling, job seeking skills training, work tryouts, school to work transition services, resume preparation, job placement, supported employment, supported education, resume preparation, job placement, advocacy and referrals. Located at 2469 Albany Street. Leslies Addison, Director of Employment Services.

Peer Advocacy Training Program:
Training program at Ellis Hospital that provides vocational opportunities as peer advocates who eventually move on to competitive employment. Lynne Davidson, Director.

Rehabilitation Support Services
Has supported employment program with VESID funding. Program will move into 1559 Van Vranken Ave. office in November 2008. Contact  Andy Sink.

Schenectady ARC:
518-372-1160 for intake services.
Administrative Offices. ARC offers a number of services that help people with mental illness to prepare for, obtain and keep employment. New Directions Employment Services, 2999 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam, assists individuals with disabilities to find and keep community-based employment. Pine Ridge Industries, 52 Market Street, Scotia provides sheltered employment to individuals with disabilities. Choices for Work, 52 Market Street, Scotia, assists individuals with disabilities to identify career goals and vocational direction. School to Work Services, 2999 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam. assistes students with disabilities prepare for post-high school employment by participating in a variety of community-based work experiences. Admin. Office located at 214 State Street, Schenectady.

Schenectady Community College:
Public two-year associate-degree college. Provides distance learning via the internet for adults with other time restraints such as work, family, etc. Located at 78 Washington Avenue.

Schenectady Job Training Agency (SJTA):
County agency provides resources and assistance in obtaining and maintaining vocational and educational goals. Located at 433 State Street, 4th Floor.
VESID (Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities):
A NYS Department of Education program that provides assessments, training, job placement and supported work. Located at District Office, 6 Tower Place, Executive Park, Albany.

Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center Hospital:
518-626-5000 or 518-462-3311.
Veterans Industries, called Compensated Work Therapy, group is at 170 Ontario Street, Albany. Has workshop, work therapy for vets with mental illness. It also has supported employment program (626-5318). 
Washington Irving Educational Center:
518-370-2728 or 518-388-4300 ext. 272.
Resource center to help formerly incarcerated individuals who need assistance and information in employment skills, job placement, housing, education and counsel. Located at 422 Mumford Street.

Family Support and Services

Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
Provides individual and family counseling, and counseling for elderly. Located at 818 Union Street. John Steele, Executive Director.

Community Human Services:
Provides family support and youth services, counselors experienced in parent/child relationship issues, marital concerns, anxiety, depression and work related stress. Located at 543 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville.

Ellis Hospital Support and Education Group:
For parents and relatives of someone with mental illness meets every Wednesday at 6 PM in the B3 Classroom at the hospital. You don’t have to have a child or other relative hospitalized in Ellis psychiatry department to join the support group. Kevin Moran, Facilitator.

Family and Children Services of Schenectady:
Provides individual and family mental health counseling, anger management for men and women; accepts Medicaid, private insurance and sliding scale fees. Located at 246 Union Street. Maria Sunukjian, Executive Director.

Family Education Program for Patients’ families at CDPC Franklin Street Clinic:
Starting in October 2008 a family support and education group plans to meet on first Monday of the month at 5 pm. For families whose relatives attend the CDPC clinic.
Family Support/Advocate at Child Guidance Center:

Child Guidance Center is now located at 530 Franklin Street. Margarita Diaz, Coordinator.

NAMI Schenectady: (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Monthly meetings 2nd Monday of the month, now scheduled at noon for lunch meetings; these are announced in newsletter and on website: (or call president). NAMI has a newsletter, phone line to assist families trying to connect with services for a family member, including help for someone in jail. It sponsors education in the community and does advocacy in the Legislature. It has information on entitlements, housing, clinic, Medicaid, etc. for anyone calling. NAMI has merged its relatives support group with the Ellis Hospital support group (see above). Contact Mary Neville, president (377-2619)

Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region
Counsels individuals, couples, families. Does not take Medicaid. Located at 220 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia.
Upper Union Street Counseling Services
518-374-6263 or 518-374-1778 
Psychiatric evaluation and medication management, individual evaluation and psychotherapy, group therapy, other services to individuals, couples and families. Does not take Medicaid. Located at 1311 Union Street.
Food Resources, Furniture

Bethesda House:
Serves a meal daily 3 to 4 pm. Emergency groceries available. Margaret Anderton, Executive Director.Located at 418 Liberty Street..

Braman Food Pantry:
Bag meals 1 to 3 pm Thursdays for those who call. Located at Route 30, Delanson.

Carver Community Center
Distributes limited groceries on second and last Wednesday of the month, 12:30 to 3 pm. Located at 700 Craig St.
Catholic Charities of Schenectady:
Nutrition Program for the Elderly. Six senior meal centers offer a hot lunch plus activities for those over age 60, Monday through Friday. Food stamps accepted. Transportation available. Administrative office located at 818 Union St. Contact Susan Ripley. Home delivered meals operated by Catholic Charities—Hot noontime meal and cold sandwich delivered seven days a week to homebound county residents who are at least 60. Call 518-384-3682.for appointment for home visit.

Child and Adult Care Food Program:
Keeps track of summer lunch programs, etc.

City Mission:
Dinner served Monday–Friday at 5:45 pm and on Saturday at 3 pm at the dining center, 512 Smith St. Bag meals available 24/7 at men's desk. Located at 425 Hamilton Street.

Christ Episcopal Church
Serves dinner last Sunday of the month, 1 to 2 pm. Breakfast club for children. Located at 970 State Street.
Food stamps:
County Department of Social Services, 487 Nott Street. If over age 60, apply to Catholic Charities which helps clients with applications @ 372-5667 ext. 149.
Home Furnishings Program:
Free, used home items for families in needs such as beds, night stands, lamps, tables, couches, pots and pans, curtains, etc. Located at First United Methodist Church, 603 State Street.

Meals on Wheels:
Provided through Catholic Charities of Schenectady.

Sacred Heart/St. Columba’s Church:
Located at 801 Stanley Street.
Salvation Army:
Breakfast Monday–Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 am and Sunday 8:15 to 8:45 am. Lunch program Monday–Friday from noon to 1 pm. Food Pantry open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 am. Located at 222 Lafayette St..
Schenectady Inner City Ministry(SICM) Emergency Food Pantry: :
Open M-W-F from 9 to 11:30 am every week. Also open last Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Help available up to four times in a 12 month period. Schenectady County residents only. Located at 839 Albany Street

Scotia Glenville Pantry:
518-399-9426 or 518-377-4073.
Open Tuesday 5 to 7 pm and Thursday 9 to 11 am at First Baptist Church, 132 Mohawk Ave.,Scotia. Scotia-Glenville residents only
Westminster Presbyterian Church:
Open Tuesdays from 9 am to 12. Northside residents only. Located at 1690 Avenue A.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children):
518-346-8818. Issues vouchers for food for pregnant or nursing women, infants and children at nutritional risk. Located at Hometown Health Center, 1044 State Street.


Homeless Services, Shelter & Supports

Bethesda House:
Provides services to chronically homeless individuals and families. Bethesda has a full array of services on-site. These on-site programs and services are provided in one of two ways; directly by Bethesda staff or by partner agencies who utilize the center. All programs and services are free. Serves a meal daily at 3 pm. Bethesda House has an emergency food pantry accessible with a referral. It has a free primary health care clinic (the community healthcare access program) for uninsured adults every Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm. Contact Tom Morley, program director. Also has The Lighthouse as permanent supportive housing for adults with a history of chronic homelessness and a disabling condition. It is a housing-first model. Contact Tom Morley. Bethesda House is located at 418 Liberty Street. Margaret Anderton, Executive Director.

Booth House (Salvation Army):
518-370-0277 or 518-370-0276.
Temporary 15 room shelter for women and women with children. . Accepts Dept. of Social Services referrals only.

City Mission:
518-346-2275 ext. 315.
43 bed shelter for homeless men. Also has 10 apartment beds for women and children. Provides meals, jobs and training, thrift shop. Located at 425 Hamilton Street. Lloyd Nolan, Program Director.
Family Care Program (CDPC):
Direct referral. For those with Axis I mental illness who require ongoing supervision, personal care services and assistance with daily living; psychiatrically and medically stable. Patients must be ambulatory, compliant with treatment and medication, and able to function in a group home setting. Personal care providers, meal preparation, transportation, and medication supervision are also provided. Located at CDPC Rehab Unit, 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany. Ann Coryea, Program Director.

Peter Young Shelter Housing and Support Program:
for homeless persons, ex-prisoners; drug rehabilitation. Has 20 beds for homeless persons referred through the county Department of Social Services; provides counseling, vocational assessment and employment placement. Has grant for 30 residents through NYS Division of Parole; provides food, counseling, substance abuse treatment, education and vocational training, mental health and social services to residents. Located at 428 Duane Avenue.
YMCA of Schenectady:
Provides single room occupancy (SRC) assistance for homeless adult men with disabilities. 50 Supported Housing beds. Must be 18 or older with Axis I mental illness. Must receive SSI/SSD and be a Schenectady County resident. YMCA offers case management, medication management, transportation and money management. These residents must contribute 33% of total income to rent. Located at 13 State Street. Lou Magliocca, Residence Director Mike Finocchi, Director of Residential Services.

YWCA of Schenectady:
Has 42 single occupancy rooms for women 18 and older, counseling around domestic violence, support groups for women 16 and older. Also serves their children 5 years and older for counseling. Emergency shelter with 24 hour supervision. Referrals from DSS only unless self-pay. Located at 44 Washington Avenue.

Hospital In-Patient Psychiatric Services

Capital District Psychiatric Center (CDPC):
State hospital that takes some direct admissions on emergency basis or where other hospital psychiatric units are full and refer here, and takes transfers from other hospitals. Located at 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany.

Conifer Park:
518-399-6446 or 1-800-989-6446.
Provides adolescent and adult inpatient treatment for persons with a primary diagnosis of substance but can also work with patients who have a secondary mental illness. Assessments and interventions. Located at 79 Glenridge Road, Glenville.

Ellis Hospital Adolescent Treatment Center:
Inpatient unit has 16 beds that house children ages 11-18. Provides short-term intensive treatment for adolescents experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis. Services include: evaluation, diagnosis, medication management and treatment. School program is also available. Located at 1101 Nott Street. Mary Shannon, Mental Health Services Division Director.

Ellis Hospital Adult Inpatient Unit:
Serves patients with acute psychiatric illnesses who need a safe, therapeutic environment. Provides evaluation, diagnosis, medication management and treatment services. Located at 1101 Nott Street. Mary Shannon, Mental Health Services Division Director.

Four Winds Hospital:
Private psychiatric hospital serves children, adolescents and adults, offers specialty treatment including eating disorders. Has clinical evaluation department, will handle calls 24 hours. Medicaid, Medicare, and HMOs accepted. Located at 30 Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Cynthia Mastrodonato, Admissions Director.

Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital
Lists several departments on its website, including psychiatry, day treatment center, mental health intensive case management, and a list of benefits and programs for low income vets. In addition there is a community day program, called a behavioral health recovery center, on the hospital grounds. It serves seriously mentally ill, has day programming and group participation, pre-vocational services and work related activity for veterans with prior mental health hospitalizations. Contact Deborah Yablon or Nicholas Pazienza, Ph D., 626-5308.

Legal Services, Jail Coordination and Assisted Outpatient Treatment (Kendra’s Law) Programs
Advocacy assistance to families whose relative has been arrested & awaits trail or is in jail or prison.
518-434-0439 ext. 221.
Bob Corliss, Mental Health Association of NYS, Albany.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment:
(Also known as Kendra’s Law.) A program to assist persons with a mental illness who have a history of violence by having the court mandate the person to services. Contact: Sean Tuckey, AOT Coordinator at Schenectady County Office of Community Services. Email Sean at

Capital District Center for Independence:
Serves persons with mental disabilities with entitlement counseling, referrals to housing and services, daily living skills training, advocacy and supported work. The center has an attorney. Located at 845 Central Avenue, Albany. Laurel Kelly, Executive Director.

Center for Community Justice:
(Formerly known as Law, Order and Justice Center.) Court-related services such as landlord-tenant mediation of disputes, revolving bail program, jail diversion, restitution, community service, foster care, volunteer care for non-custodial children. Main purpose is to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Located at 144 Barrett Street.

Commission on Quality Care (CQC):
Agency provides oversight of the quality and cost-effectiveness of services provided by all mental hygiene programs in NYS. It administers grant programs and provides legal and non-legal advocacy services to persons with disabilities to assist them in obtaining the services and protections of federal and state law. Located at 401 State Street.

Disability Advocates, Inc:
Protection and advocacy legal services for persons with mental disabilities. Provides protection and advocacy services to assist individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Also provides services for individual rights and beneficiaries of Social Security. Provides relay services for deaf and sign language. Located at 5 Clinton Square, 3rd Floor, Albany. Cliff Zucker, Executive Director.

Ellis Hospital Forensic Program with Schenectady County:
Call cell 858-6319 or fax 374-1479 (jail office).
The psychiatric forensic coordinator, a licensed clinical social worker, provides assessment services and referrals to arrestees and inmates in police lockup and the county jail. Consultation and assessment services are also provided through the courts, the Public Defenders Office, Probation, Alternative Treatment Court and Drug Court. No fees. Contact Kristen Wagner.

International Center:
Information and support for foreign born. Located at 8 Russell Road, Albany.
Kristen King:
Attorney who specializes in social security issues; located in Albany
Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY):
518-462-6765 or 1-800-462-2922.
Provides effective free civil legal services and education to and advocacy for people with low income or other barriers to accessing the legal system. Legal assistance in non-criminal cases such as landlord-tenant disputes. Located at 55 Colvin Avenue, Albany.

Legal Project:
Free legal consultation. A non-profit organization that provides free legal consult to individuals in the Capital District. Legal clinics offer free half-hour consultations with attorneys on a variety of legal issues, such as landlord-tenant disputes, labor and employment issues, disabilities, civil rights, immigration and discrimination. Located at 2 Tower Place, Albany.

Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) of NYS Appellate Court:
518-474-4453 or 518-447-9664.
The MHLS provides legal advisor and assistance to persons receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and community-based facilities for the mentally disabled. MHLS represents such persons in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning admission, retention, transfer, treatment and guardianship. It also provides advice and assistance regarding standards of care and other matters affecting the civil liberties of persons receiving care at facilities for the mentally disabled. Located at the Gov. AE Smith State Office Building, Washington Avenue, Albany. Bruce Dix, Director.
Schenectady County Probation (Adult) Intensive Supervision Program:
The intensive supervision program is an alternative to incarceration program offering a sentencing and community supervision option for offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated. Department provides eligibility assessments, court-ordered restrictions, monitoring and field supervision. Located at the County Office Building, 620 State Street. Mary Lolik, Director

Schenectady County Public Defenders Office:
Assigned public defense for criminal cases only. For the Alternatives to Incarceration Program, contact Debbie Slack at 518-386-2286 (defense attorney for low income people in criminal cases; community options in lieu of jail). Located at 519 State Street.

Medical/Health Services

AIDS/HIV Hotline:
Free counseling and testing.

Alpha Pregnancy Care Center:
Offers free services including pregnancy counseling, testing, clothing and baby supplies, abstinence education as well as parenting classes. Located at 967 Albany Street. Beth Mundell, Director.

Bethesda House
Has a free primary health care clinic for uninsured adults every Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm. Contact Tom Morley, program director. Located at 418 Liberty Street.

Birthright Schenectady:
518-370-1532 or 1-800-500-4900.
Free pregnancy testing, support, legal/medical/educational referrals, prenatal information, maternity and baby clothing, housing referrals, adoption information. Located at 164 Lafayette Street.

City Mission of Schenectady:
518-346-2275 ext. 313.
Free medical care on Wednesdays from 5 to 7 PM. Located at 425 Hamilton Street. Contact Larry Lonzack.

Ellis Hospital Health Care Centers:
Primary Care Centers located at 1101 Nott Street and Glenville HealthCare Center, 460 Saratoga Road, Scotia. Intended to meet the primary care needs, from colds and flu to physical exams and immunizations. Open Monday – Friday including some evenings.
Hometown Health Centers of Schenectady:
Offers primary care and dental services to patients of all ages. Locates at 1044 State Street

Planned Parenthood:
Services include: pregnancy testing & counseling, PCAP program, prenatal care, adoption referral, abortion services to 16 weeks, yearly exams and PAP tests, birth control, sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, midlife services, cancer screenings, coloscopy/cryosurgery and education. Located at 414 Union Street.

Ellis Hospital McClellan Campus Family Health Center
518-382-2260 and dental health center 518-382-2270.
Located at 600 McClellan Street.

Schenectady County Public Health Services:
Offers immunizations, testing, STD/HIV testing, influenza/pneumonia, well-child appointments and rabies pre-exposure program. Free HIV testing. Location 600 Franklin Street.

Schenectady County Department of Senior & Long Term Care:
Does assessment and case management for individuals needing personal care services to remain in the community. Arranges for visits to home by public health personnel. Also takes applications & issues photo IDS for CDTA bus cards. Department contracts with Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady, 518-382-7932 (takes Medicaid). Located at 107 Nott Terrace, 2nd Floor.

Schenectady Free Clinic:
Provides medical counseling and prescription drugs. Serves low income and disabled people in Schenectady. Open on Monday and Thursdays. Located at 600 Franklin Street.

Mental Health Clinic/Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team:
Outreach team consisting of psychiatrist, nurse, social workers, other, gives direct services to adults having extra service needs. Takes referrals from agencies, hospital, family, county single point of access (SPOA) coordinator. Located at 600 Franklin Street. Judi Sharp, Team Leader.

CDPC Community Support Center (Franklin Street Clinic):
NYS operated center provides clinic treatment for clients who may enroll in prepaid mental health plan; individual and group counseling, medication review and support, job readiness, plus self-help. Located at 426 Franklin Street. Catherine Crouch, Treatment Team Leader.

Capital Region Association for Eating Disorders (CRAED):
Services for anorexics, bulimics, compulsive eaters and their families as well as support groups. Located at 1653 central Avenue, Albany.

Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
Individual and family counseling, case management, counseling for elderly and in-home help. Located at 818 Union Street. John Steele, Executive Director.

Ellis Continuing Day Treatment:
For persons discharged from hospital or needing structured day programming. Includes medication management, counseling, rehabilitation, other therapy; clinical tracks are for older adults, trauma, dual recovery and wellness. Located at 502 State Street. Rich Angehr, Program Manager and Patty Vilano-Huber, Assistant Manager.

Ellis Hospital Mental Health Clinic:
Diagnosis & evaluation, counseling, medication review, individual and group therapies, Co-occurring substance abuse dependency issues are addressed. Located at 216 Lafayette Street. Paul Arlein, Director; Tracy Jones, Intake Coordinator.

Ellis Hospital Intensive Case Management (ICM) Program
Serves patients with severe and persistent mental illness with a goal of linking them to necessary social and medical services as well as promoting greater independence. Nicol Jenkins, manager. Located at Ellis Mental Health Clinic, 216 Lafayette Street.

Family and Children Service of Schenectady:
Individual and family counseling, anger management for men and women, accepts Medicaid, private insurance and sliding scale fees. Located at 246 Union Street. Maria Sunukjian, Executive Director.
Schenectady Center for Psychotherapy and Eating Disorders:
Individual, group, family and couples treatment. Advocates for a healthy lifestyle. Located at 1575 Union Street.


Residential Services – Group Homes, Apartments, Rooms

Family Care:
518-447-9611 ext, 6772.
A CDPC state hospital run program for placement of adults in individual and two-family homes with a family sponsor. Anna Coryea, Coordinator. Sharon Shiffman, Housing Director.
Federal HUD Section 8 Rent Subsidy Program for suburban towns:
Joseph E. Mastrianni, Inc. Located at 242 Union Street.

Mohawk Opportunities, Inc.:
Operates group homes, certified and supported apartment programs. Dominion House, 401 Union Street is a crisis stabilization and hospital diversion residence. It is a 12-bed, 30-day transitional residence with 24 hour supervision. Also, three community residences with a capacity of 31, have 24 hour supervised care for adults 18 and over with Axis I mental illness. Certified apartment program at 600 Franklin St. has 40 beds (Valerie McAnaspie, program director, 372-3934 x-3002). Supported apartment program, also at 600 Franklin, has 62 beds, 21 dedicated to homeless. This includes several supported beds assigned to young adults (Celeste Gamache, program director). Administrative offices are located at 218 Nott Terrace. Eileen Cregg, Executive Director. You must refer to County Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator, Sean Tuckey for all of Mohawk Opportunities programs. Contact Sean at 518-386-2218 or email to for referral information.

Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS):
River Street supportive apartments are for MICA clients. Scattered site supported housing (30 beds) are also available. RSS Helps tenants get furniture and rent subsidies. RSS is located at 650 Franklin Street. Liz Millet, Program Director. You must refer to County Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator for these programs. Contact Sean Tuckey at 518-386-2218 or email to

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority:
Federally subsidized housing (public housing). Federal HUD Section 8 rent subsidy & home owner program gives rent vouchers for public housing or scattered site apartments (those accepted pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities while MHA pays the rest); and it handles Section 8 homeowner program. Paul Feldman, Section 8 rent administrator at 518-386-7025 or 518-386-7030. MHA uses Better Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI) for counseling prospective home buyers (Ellie Pepper at BNI, 518-372-6469). MHA administers a housing repair program (SHIP) for emergency and general repairs for Schenectady homeowners with low incomes. The agency also has a Shelter Plus Care apartment program for homeless people on SSI or SSDI (50 beds). Referral must come from an agency serving these populations. MHA owns seven apartment complexes – four for families and three for elderly and disabled, providing safe and affordable housing to low income citizens. Richard Homenick, executive director. Located at 375 Broadway.

Schenectady YMCA Supported Housing Program:
Single room occupancy residence for male clients with mental illness and those with mental illness/chemical addictions. Also, payeeship program for mental health clients in various programs. And Shelter Plus Care program (30 beds) for homeless men with disabilities (referrals from County DSS only or self-pay). Located at 13 State Street. Lou Magliocca, Director of Residential Services.

Union Street Residence of CDPC –
Group residence for patients of the Capital District Psychiatric Center who can function in the community. Located at 1558 Union Street, Schenectady.


Other Subsidized Housing – these are only some of the listings available.

Holyrood House:
For age 62 and up or disabled. Located at 201 5th Street, Scotia.

Lawrence Center:
Located at 2660 Albany Street.

Schenectady Forty:
Located at 958 Emmett Street.

Southgate Apartments:
Located at 1963 Watt Street.

Summit Towers:
For elderly & SSI/SSDI disabled. Located at 720 Albany Street.
Wingate Management:
For SSI/SSDI disabled. Located at 799 Albany Street. Contact Pamela Pearson.

Full Rent Housing – these are only some of the listings available.

The Camelot --
Section 8 clients.

Forkey Management –
Section 8 clients.

Colonial Farms –
Section 8.
Barney Square Associates –
Located at 225 State Street.

Hillcrest Village East/West –
Located at 1515 Hillside Avenue.

Kingsway Village Apartments –
Senior apartments. Located at 5000 Queen Philomena Boulevard.

Lupe Owen Management –
Located at 1759 Union Street #209.

Netherlands Village Apartments –
Located at 1455 Dorwaldt Boulevard.

Rotterdam Enterprises –
Located at 1066 Curry Road.

Schaffer Heights –
 Senior housing ages 55 and up. Located at 107 Nott Terrace.

Sheridan Village Apartments –
Located at 2150 Rosa Road.

Stockade East Apartments –
Located 13-15
North College Street.

Ten Mill Lane Apartments –
Located at 10 Mill Lane.

Tri City Associates –
Located at 133 Wall Street #4.

Van Buren Apartments –
Located at 2150 Eastern Parkway.Niskayuna

Wade Lupe Towers –
Located at 10 Queens Drive.


Other Services and Resources

Better Neighborhoods, Inc (BNI)
BNI provides the financial means for the purchase and rehabilitation of privately owned homes by individuals through its Homebuyer Acquisition and Renovation Programs. BNI provides construction management and grant financing of repairs with federal HOME Partnership funds from the NYS Housing Trust Fund Corp. BNI offers homebuyer education.  Ed August, executive director. Located at 986 Albany Street

Catholic Charities:
Health insurance assistance program for clients over 60 and disabled persons on Social Security Disability who need help with federal Medicare Part D prescription drug application (call 518-372-5667). Catholic Charities also has transportation program @ 518-357-9801 and does home visits. It runs the Wheels To Work Program for working adults who need a car to get back to work @ 518-346-3861. Located at 818 Union Street. John Steele, Executive Director.

Compeer Program:
Matches adult volunteers with mentally disabled adults as personal helpers. Program operated by Rehabilitation Support Services.
Damien Center of Schenectady:
Social drop-in center for persons infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Living room volunteers who provide support and comfort. Located at 19 N. College Street.

Schenectady Office of Disability Services
518-382-5199 x-5345  Program to assist people with disabilities. Located at City Hall, room 2. Contact Judy Zuchero

Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties
518-382-7932    Contracts with county Department of Senior and Long Term Care and privately with individuals to make home nursing care visits. Has included visits to the residence of someone with medical needs and less serious mental illness.  VNA takes short and long term patients. It takes Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. Will help patients get on Medicaid who qualify. They do screening of hospital patients at discharge for services in the home. Sharon Tedesco, supervisor;
Accessing Services