Michael R. Ranney, CRC-R, LMHC, Commissioner of Mental Health

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, intellectual/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).

What's Happening in Mental Health
Endeavor Health Services is pleased to announce the opening of their Medication Assisted Treatment Clinic specifically tailored to meet the need of adolescents and young adults struggling with opioid addiction. Locations: Towne Garden Plaza, 463 William Street, Buffalo; Thruway Plaza, 1526 Walden Avenue, Suite 400, Cheektowaga. Contact: 716-895-6701 or 716-893-0062.

A toolkit is available which offers strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Access reports for community members, prescribers, patients and families, and those recovering from opioid overdose.

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...

24 Hour Addiction Hotline, Buffalo and Erie County 716-831-7007



Phone: (716) 858-8530

Department of Mental Health
Edward A Rath County Office Building
95 Franklin Street, Room 1237
Buffalo, New York 14202