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
Many students are watching a new Netflix series called "13 Reasons Why". This series is about teen suicide. It is very graphic, suggestive and sensationalizes the suicide of a teenage girl. Research shows that the risk of suicide increases among vulnerable persons when they are exposed to such content. Attached is a Talking Tips sheet to help you discuss the series with your child. Please...

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


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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