To help raise awareness of this epidemic, the FBI and DEA have released a documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict. It is a compilation of heart-wrenching first-person accounts by addicts and family members of...
Michael R. Ranney, CRC-R, LMHC
Commissioner of Mental Health
The Department of Mental Health is administratively responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and monitoring programs of prevention, treatment and rehabilitation involving mental health, mental retardation-developmental disabilities, problem gambling and, alcohol and substance abuse services. Forensic Mental Health Service performs referrals, evaluations, and screenings on behalf of Erie County Family Court and Criminal Court Systems. In addition, Forensic Mental Health Service provides follow up treatment for mentally ill individuals under the jurisdiction of the Courts, Probation Department, Correctional Facility and Holding Center. The Department of Mental Health also manages the Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Program for Erie County, and administers Federal and State Grants promoting Service Enhancements for Mentally Ill Children, Drug Free Outpatient Services, Juvenile Delinquent Diversion Services, and McKinney Homeless Mentally Ill Supported Housing funded by the United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).
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24 Hour Addiction Hotline, Buffalo and Erie County 716-831-7007