Our Vision

The Erie County Department of Mental Health Will empower stakeholders to access behavioral health services that promote hope, recovery and improved quality of life



The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is a disease caused by a new respiratory virus first identified in China and is now spreading worldwide. This disease can lead to fever, cough and shortness of breath. There are thousands of confirmed cases in a growing number of countries internationally and the virus is now spreading in the United States. There are ongoing investigations to learn more about this virus.

If you are looking for information about the virus and the most current information about what is happening here in Erie County, the Erie County Department of Health has a great website with information for the general public, healthcare providers, businesses, community organizations. The link is www.erie.gov/health/coronavirus.

During this time, in addition to the care of our physical health we want to stress the importance of taking care of our mental health. The uncertainty of COVID-19 is causing heightened anxiety and fear for all of us. You are not alone!

Resources about mental health including substance use related to COVID-19 can be found here: COVID-19 Resources

What's Happening in Mental Health

Gambling Addiction or Problem Gambling is known as the “hidden addiction” because there are no visible signs. Unlike alcohol or drug addiction, you can’t visibly see the effects of someone’s gambling. For example, if someone has been drinking, you may smell alcohol, or they may be slurring their speech. Because of the lack of visibility, often those suffering from a gambling addiction can hide it longer than someone with an alcohol or drug problem. Usually, gambling addiction is discovered when there is a loss of accessibility to money and/or negative actions occur.  

Suicide Prevention Coalition just launched a public service announcement on Men’s Mental Health. This effort was supported by the NYS OMH Anti-Stigma Funds that are provided via donations made from the tax check off each year.


Addiction: In the Know


Test your knowledge, share your results, and challenge others to take the quiz.

Addiction: In The Know link to take a brief 10 question quiz. Following each question, the answer is provided along with additional detail. Examples of topics addressed include MAT, pregnancy, Naloxone, alcohol, the number of NYS certified OASAS programs, and more.


Mission Statement

The Erie County Department of Mental Health Provides administrative leadership and ensures the coordination of a community  based behavioral health system that is accessible, comprehensive, person centered and recovery focused.


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Phone: (716) 858-8530

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