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Mental Health

Local Government Unit - Community Planning and Oversight


As a founding member of the WELCOME Orange collaboration of agencies and organizations, Orange County Department of Mental Health encourages leadership and collaboration of multidisciplinary partners to enhance healthy living in Orange County. The Department is committed to providing a hopeful, welcoming, person-centered approach to meet individuals’ needs by collaborating and connecting people to resources for healthy living.


Local Government Unit

In accordance with New York State Mental Hygiene Law, as a Local Government Unit (LGU), Orange County Department of Mental Health develops an annual Local Services Plan (LSP) that is submitted to each of the following mental hygiene agencies: the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Orange County’s Local Services Plan establishes long-range goals and objectives consistent with statewide goals and objectives. As an LGU, Orange County Department of Mental Health provides oversight of local behavioral health services in Orange County.

Community Services Board

Orange County Department of Mental Health has a Community Services Board with Subcommittees for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Developmental Disabilities. This Board provides advice to Commissioner Darcie Miller and participates in the development of the Local Services Plan. The Community Services Board meets regularly during the year. The Board‘s meetings are open to the general public, advance public notice of meetings is given, and minutes are available to the public.

Community Meeting Space

As a community service, Orange County Department pf Mental Health provides space for community agencies to conduct meetings and educational programs at its administrative office location in Goshen.

Community Resources (Agencies and Organizations)

Orange County Department of Mental Health collaborates with various other organizations in the county that provide mental health, chemical dependency, developmental disabilities, and other community services. The Departments contracts with and provides oversight of many of these agencies and organizations in order to help provide efficient and effective delivery of services.

The Department of Mental Health collects statistics from various community agencies through the Mental Health Secure Website, which is password-protected.

This Department elicits bids from agencies to serve as potential vendors for OMH Supported Housing through a Request for Proposals.