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Mark O'Brien, Commissioner

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



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, and community organizations. The link is

During this time, in addition to our physical health we want to stress the importance of taking care of our mental health. The uncertainty of COVID-19 is causing heightened stress, anxiety and fear for all of us.

HELP IS AVAILABLE! 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 is a new website to help parents talk to their kids about drugs, alcohol and other risky behaviors created by Px21, the coordinating council of prevention service providers in Erie County.

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.  

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On May 27th the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition hosted

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Breaking Down Barriers & Learning To Be Comfortable Asking For Help

featuring a virtual panel of mental health professionals discussing the topic of Breaking Down Barriers & Learning To Be Comfortable Asking For Help.

 Our featured speakers include:

Karl Shallowhorn, Chair of the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition and President of Shallowhorn Consulting, LLC | Jackie Crane, Program Supervisor for the Mobile Transitional Support Team at Crisis Services | Lindsay Herndon, Director of Outpatient Services for Mental Health and Substance Use at BryLin Behavioral Health System | Jennifer Levesque, Director of Clinical Services at Jewish Family Service

You can watch it here!

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