Directory of Services

Schenectady County

Updated for 2018

NAMI Schenectady seeks to provide information to help families and individuals dealing with "the system" to locate services in our local community. Navigating "the system" can be challenging. We hope that most of our information is accurate as it is helpful for those who have found us. We ask that if you find any information that is incorrect, you notify us at so that we can make the necessary correction. Updating the website is a continuing process. Thanks!

Case Management
Children's MHS
Consumer Clubs
County MH
Crisis & Emergency
Elderly Services
Family Support
Food Resources / Furniture
Homeless Services
Homeless Services
Hospital Services
Legal Services
Medical / Health
Mental Health
Residential Services
Subsidized Housing
Full Rent Housing
Other Services

Addiction Agencies

Alcohol Emergency On-Call Service:
Provides a range of intensive outpatient treatment services.

Alcoholics Anonymous:
Call 24 hours 7 days a week. Main office at 11 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany.

Bridge Center:
Intensive men’s residential treatment facility. The program includes individual and group counseling, transition planning, case management, screening, intake and crisis intervention for residents. There are men only programs, programs for those living with HIV/AIDS and programs for criminal justice clients. Located at 70-72 Union Avenue.

Conifer Park:
518-399-6446 or 1-800-989-6446.
A private inpatient treatment facility for adults and adolescents. Offers comprehensive services for the treatment of alcoholism and substance abuse in a tranquil setting condusive to recovery. Located at 79 Glenridge Road, Glenville.

Conifer Park Outpatient Clinic:
Providing chemical dependency treatment for the general population as well as those with specialized treatment needs at two locations: 600 Franklin Street, Schenectady and 79 Glenridge Road - Cottage #1, Glenville, NY.

Narcotics Anonymous:
Get locations of meetings anywhere in the US by using the search engine at Search feature does a good job of providing meeting locations any day of the week for the Schenectady area.

New Choices Recovery Center:
Provides a wide range of intensive and clinic outpatient treatment services as well as residential programs. Stuart Rosenblatt, PhD, Executive Director. Located at 302 State Street.

St. Peter’s Addiction Recovery Clinic Services:
Provides outpatient substance abuse services to adults, adolescents and families based on individual treatment needs. Located at 2925 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam.

Whitney Young Health Center:
Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Treatment Center (methadone treatment) located at 10 Dewitt Street, Albany.


Benefits and Entitlements

(Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, SSDI, etc.)

Capital District Center for Independence (CDCI):
518-459-6422 for Albany and Schenectady counties.
CDCI promotes independent living for people with disabilities through a wide variety of services, information, education outreach and trainings to people with disabilities. Services provided by the Center include advocacy and self-help instruction, which includes a peer-based approach to managing one’s affairs, the development of self-determination, decision-making skills, self-advocacy skills, assistance in day-to-day community participation, and other social roles to maintain or regain their independence in the community. The Center also works to educate the public, inform public officials, foster improvements in programs that serve people with disabilities, protect the civil rights of the disabled, and broaden access to employment, education, housing, transportation and social/recreational opportunities. Main office is at 1716 Central Avenue, Albany.

New York State of Health (for Adults and Children):
New York State of Health, the Official Health Plan Marketplace, is a way for people to shop for, compare and enroll in health coverage. It is also the only place to get financial assistance provided by the federal government to lower the cost of your health coverage. The Marketplace will also see if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage from Medicaid, the Essential Plan or Child Health Plus.

Ellis Medicine Financial Assistance Program:
For help with Ellis Hospital bills or other Ellis Medicine affiliates. Located at 1101 Nott Street.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - Food Stamps:
Information available through the Department of Social Services. Located at 797 Broadway, Schenectady.

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program):
Provides cash to help pay heating bills for low income individuals and families. Located at 797 Broadway, Schenectady.

Nutrition Outreach and Education Program of Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
Provides assistance with food stamp applications including pre-screening, regulations and gathering documents. Located at 1462 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.

Schenectady County Department of Social Services:
For information on all programs call 388-4470.
Services include: intake, public assistance, temporary assistance, food stamps, HEAP, Medicaid and children's services. DSS also provides Child Protective Services. NYS Child Abuse Hotline is 1-800-342-3720.

Schenectady County Department of Senior and Long Term Care Services:
Promotes the long term health and well being of Schenectady County residents and assure that they receive the necessary community based services that they are entitled to in order to remain safely in the community. Located at 107 Nott Terrace, Suite 305, Schenectady.

Schenectady Office of US Social Security Administration:
Apply here for SSI, SSDI, Old Age and Survivor's Benefits. Located at 1 Broadway Center, Schenectady, 8th floor 12305. Open 9-4 M, Tu, Th & Fri; 9-12 on Wed.

Unemployment Insurance:
Call 1-888-209-8124 to talk to a representative. File a claim via telephone claims center.

Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency:
Counsels veterans, helps them fill out applications for medical services at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany and refers others to the veterans outreach clinic on Gerling Street. William H. Frank, Jr. - Director. Located at 797 Broadway, Schenectady.

WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children):
Located at 650 Franklin Street, Suite 200, Schenectady. (See Food Resources)


Case Management for Adults

Ellis Medicine Mental Health Services:
Crisis/Inpatient Services, 518-243-4000.
Outpatient Mental Health Services, 518-243-3300.
Case Management, 518-243-4101.
Outpatient Mental Health Clinic / PROS is located at 1023 State Street, Schenectady.

Case Management (ICM):
518-243-3300. Administered by Ellis Medicine, ICM intensive case management services are provided for the serious and persistently mentally ill. Program locations at 1023 State Street and 797 Broadway, Suite 304, Schenectady. Access to the ICM program is through the Schenectady County SPOA (Single Point of Access) Coordinator at 518-386-2218.

Supportive Case Management (SCM):
Rehabilitation Support Services provides SCM services to recipients to increase active participation in work and meaningful social relationships while it increases attaining safe and affordable housing. Access to this program is through the Schenectady County SPOA (Single Point of Access) Coordinator @ 518-386-2218.


Children's Mental Health Services

Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
518-372-5667. (See Family Services).
Located at 1462 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.

Behavioral Health Center @ Northeast Parent and Child Society:
Diagnosis, evaluation, and counseling services managed by Northeast Parent & Child Society. Located at 530 Franklin Street.

Ellis Child and Adolescent Treatment Services:
See also Family and Support Services. This outpatient mental health program serves patients ages 4-18 with the goal of providing patients and their families with comprehensive, effective mental health services in a nurturing, safe and supportive environment. Located at 624 McClellan Street - Suite 204, Schenectady.

Northeast Parent & Child Society:
518-426-2600: General Information.
518-346-1273: 1821 Hamburg Street, Schenectady.
Takes children placed with them by courts or from families in difficulty; clinical services, prevention, family outreach, children’s residence. Northeast Parent & Child Society has combined with Parson's Child & Family Center to form "Northern Rivers." The larger organization has facilities throughout the greater Capital Region.
(See also Crisis Services, Residential Services, Child welfare and child protective services of County Department of Social Services, under Benefits)


Consumer Clubs, Self-Help Groups, Peer Assistance

Bethesda House:
A drop-in center that provides services for the chronically homeless. Services include: case management, daily meals, medical and legal clinic, screenings for substance abuse, food stamp applications, etc. Located at 834 State Street, Schenectady.

Ellis Medicine Peer Advocacy Program:
The Peer Counselor Program is an innovative, nationally recognized program in which trained mental health consumers provide advocacy and support from the perspective of a person who has been able to successfully cope with mental illness. Peer counselors are available throughout Ellis Mental Health Services, including in the Emergency Room, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit and Outpatient Programs. The Peer Counselors Program offers mental health consumers extensive training and meaningful employment as peer counselors. The program also serves as a vocational opportunity, and many peer counselors eventually move on to competitive employment in human services and other fields.


County Mental Health Administration

Office of Community Services:
Planning and management of publicly assisted mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse services within the County of Schenectady. Access for adults is through the Schenectady County SPOA (Single Point of Access) coordinator. Located at 797 Broadway, Suite 304, Schenectady.


Crisis/Emergency Services

Call city, town or village police on 911 for emergencies.

Capital District Psychiatric Center - CDPC Crisis Intervention:
State hospital emergency intake for nine county area surrounding the immediate Capital District.
Mobile crisis team serving Albany. CDPC Crisis phone line (24 hour response), 447-9611 ext. 6675.

Child Protective Services of County Department Social Services:
Weekdays information 8:30-4:30. Located at 106 Erie Blvd., Schenectady.
New York State's Central Registry for Child Protective Services also has a hotline at 1-800-342-3720.

Community Crisis Network of Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP):
Administration Building is located at 913 Albany Street.

Mohawk Opportunities, Inc. Dominion House:
Stabilization residence providing short-term, transitional support and housing. Mohawk Opportunities, Inc. is located at 201 Nott Terrace, Schenectady. Access to this program is through the Schenectady County SPOA Coordinator.

Ellis Medicine Crisis Services:
518-243-4000: Crisis and inpatient services.
Provides 24-hour crisis evaluations and triage at Ellis Hospital’s emergency department and community outreach. Crisis intervention services are available to persons experiencing a psychiatric emergency. Services include face-to-face assessments in the Emergency Room, telephone counseling and referrals to other agencies or resources. Located at 1101 Nott Street.

518-243-1523: The Living Room - Crisis Diversion Services.
The Living Room program is a partnership between Ellis Medicine and Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS), made possible through funds provided by Alliance for Better Health – offering Schenectady County residents, 18+, walk-in services, Monday-Friday, 12pm - 8pm, located within the Ellis State Street Health Center at 1023 State Street. The Living Room is a safe place for guests facing mental health crises to seek help as an alternative to the Emergency Department. It is staffed by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Care Manager and Peer Specialist.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Samaritans Suicide & Crisis Prevention Hotline:
1-877-870-HOPE (4673).
Crisis Helpline fields calls from people who are often in pain or angry and need to talk to someone about their thinking and emotional problems.

YWCA, Schenectady City Mission, Salvation Army–
Also manage shelters in Schenectady.


Elderly Services

(See also Benefits and Entitlements; Food Resources; Mental Health Treatment; and Residential)

Catholic Charities  (see under Family Support and under Food Resources)

Eddy Senior Care/PACE (St. Peter's Health Partners):
Eddy SeniorCare is a unique health management program designed to help elderly adults live independently in their community, manage their medical conditions and avoid unnecessary nursing home placement. Located at 504 State Street, Schenectady.

Schenectady County Office of Senior and Long-Term Care Services:
Does assessment and case management for individuals needing personal care services to remain in the community. Arranges for visits to home by public health personnel. Also takes applications and issues photo IDS for CDTA bus cards. Contracts with Visiting Nurses Association of Schenectady, which takes Medicaid. Senior and Long-Term Care office is located at 107 Nott Terrace, 2nd Floor.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority
Manages a number of public housing complexes for low income elderly. Has scattered site apartments for the elderly through HUD  Section 8 rental vouchers and homeowner programs. (Other apartments for elderly through NYS Health Dept's enriched housing program.) Located at 375 Broadway.


Employment & Training

CDPC Schenectady Community Support Center:
Vocational Services--a vocational readiness program for community employment. Located at 738 State Street, Schenectady.

City Mission:
Career Training Center helps men and women improve their reading and writing, learn new computer skills and search for job opportunities. Mike Saccocio, Executive Director. Located at 313 Clinton Street, Schenectady.

Empire State College:
Located at 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Glenmont Job Corps Agency:
1-800-733-5627 or 518-767-9371.
Offers personal career planning, vocational training, GED or HSD, driver’s license, social skills instruction and ultimately employment in several trades. Applicants must be 16 to 24 years of age, meet income guidelines, and have acceptable behavior background. Located at 822 River Road, Glenmont 12077.

HELP (Helping the Elderly Live with Pride):
An affirmative business of Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS) that employs people with psychiatric disabilities in lawn care, janitorial and general repair work. Located at 1559 VanVranken Avenue, Schenectady.
RSS also operates supported employment programs in Schenectady County with intensive funding through ACCES-VR and extended services funded through OMH. Contact the RSS main office at (518) 462-1094.

Literacy Volunteers - Literacy NY of the Capital Region:
In Schenectady, programs are available at the Schenectady Public Library, 99 Clinton Street. Provides focused tutoring, one-to-one or in small groups of adults at no cost to the student.

NYS Commission for the Blind:
1-866-871-3000 or 518-473-1675 for the local Albany district office.
The mission for the NYS Commission of the Blind is to enhance employability, to maximize independence and to assist in development of the capacities and strengths of people who are blind and visually impaired. Located at 40 North Pearl Street, Albany.

NYS Department of Labor, Division of Employment Services:
Schenectady office is the Schenectady Job Training Agency located at 797 Broadway, Schenectady (518-344-2735); full service offices, has workshops, access to job listings. Other offices in Ballston Spa, Amsterdam, Troy and Cobleskill.

Northeast Career Planning:
Offers educational and vocational assistance to persons with disabilities. NCP provides career counseling, job seeking skills training, work tryouts, school to work transition services, resume preparation, job placement, supported employment, supported education, resume preparation, job placement, advocacy and referrals. Main office located at 339 Broadway in Albany. NCP staff are co-located in all of the counties surrounding the Capital District. Schenectady telephone number is 518-372-2895.

Peer Advocacy Training Program:
This program through Ellis Medicine offers recovering mental health consumers extensive training and meaningful employment as peer counselors. Also a vocational program ; many peer counselors eventually move on to competitive employment in human services and other fields.

Rehabilitation Support Services
Has supported employment program with ACCES-VR funding for intensive services and OMH funding for extended services. Program located at 1559 Van Vranken Ave, Schenectady.

Schenectady ARC:
518-372-1160 for intake services.
Administrative Offices. ARC offers a number of services that help people with mental illness prepare for, obtain and keep employment. New Directions Employment Services, 2999 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam, assists individuals with disabilities to find and keep community-based employment. Pine Ridge Industries, 52 Market Street, Scotia provides sheltered employment to individuals with disabilities. Choices for Work, 52 Market Street, Scotia, also assists individuals with disabilities to identify career goals and vocational direction. School to Work Services, 2999 Hamburg Street, Rotterdam. assistes students with disabilities prepare for post-high school employment by participating in a variety of community-based work experiences. Admin. Office located at 214 State Street, Schenectady.

Schenectady Community College:
Public two-year associate-degree college. Provides distance learning via the Internet for adults with other time restraints such as work, family, etc. Located at 78 Washington Avenue.

Schenectady Job Training Agency (SJTA):
Provides resources and assistance in obtaining and maintaining vocational and educational goals. Located at 797 Broadway, Schenectady.

ACCES VR (Adult Career and Continuing Education Services):
518-473-8097 or 800-272-5448.
A NYS Department of Education program that provides assessments, training, job placement and supported work. Located at District Office, 80 Wolf Road - Suite 200, Albany.

Veterans Affairs, VA Medical Center Hospital:
Veterans Industries, a Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program, is located at 170 Ontario Street, Albany. Has workshop, work therapy for vets with mental illness.

Washington Irving Educational Center:
The Schenectady City School District's alternative education program offers preparation for the TASC test (Test Assessing Secondary Completion – formerly GED), ESL courses and resources to help formerly incarcerated individuals who need assistance and information in employment skills, job placement, housing, education and counsel. Located at 422 Mumford Street.


Family Support and Services

Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
Provides individual and family counseling, and counseling for the elderly. Located at 1462 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.

CAPTAIN Community Human Services:
Provides family support and youth services, counselors experienced in parent/child relationship issues, marital concerns, anxiety, depression and work related stress. Schenectady County location at 543 Saratoga Road (Route 50), Glenville.

Ellis Hospital Support and Education Group:
518-605-6537 (Ask for Joel Haynes, Psychiatry Department).
For parents and relatives of someone with mental illness. Meets every Wednesday at 6 PM in the B3 Classroom at the hospital. You don’t have to have a child or other relative hospitalized in Ellis psychiatry department to join the support group. Meetings are facilitated by Ellis Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Family and Child Service of Schenectady:
Provides individual and family mental health counseling, anger management for men and women; accepts Medicaid, private insurance and sliding scale fees. Located at 246 Union Street.

Family Support Services at CDPC, 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany 12208 near AMC :
This is a family support and education group that meets every Tuesday from 5:00 - 7:30 PM. It is designed to provide meaningful support and assistance to families. NAMI Capital Region provides two people trained in family support to facilitate. There is no need to call ahead.

Family Support/Advocate at Child Guidance Center:
Associated with Northeast Parent and Child Society, the Child Guidance Center is located at 530 Franklin Street.It is under the umbrella of Northern Rivers.

NAMI Schenectady: (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
518-377-2619 (Secretary) or 518-374-8071 (President).
Monthly meetings are held either at lunch (noon) or early evenings (5 pm) as announced in our NAMI E-Newsletter and eventually at this website.
Meetings are suspended during July-August and December-January. NAMI is part of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (national), which has its own seasonal magazine and website ( and of NAMI-New York State ( that has a newsletter and bi-weekly E-News. NAMI offers phone lines to assist families trying to connect with services for a family member, including help for someone in jail. NAMI sponsors educational programs in the community and advocates at all levels of government for services and rights for those with mental illness. It provides information on entitlements, housing, clinics, Medicaid, and other services. Offers Family to Family Education Program several times a year to friends and families of those in recovery. Presently NAMI Schenectady recommends its members attend the Ellis Hospital support group (see above).

Samaritan Counseling Center of the Capital Region
Counsels individuals, couples, families. Last we checked, it does take Medicaid. Located at 220 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia and 8 North Church Street, Schenectady.

Union Counseling Behavioral Health Center
Psychiatric evaluation and medication management, individual evaluation and psychotherapy, group therapy, other services to individuals, couples and families. Last we checked, it does not take Medicaid. Located at 1311 Union Street.


Food Resources, Furniture

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York:
This web-based food pantry finder is easy to use and updated regularly.

Bethesda House:
Serves "late lunch" Monday - Friday. Emergency groceries available. Located at 834 State Street, Schenectady.

Braman Food Pantry:
Operates out of Duanesburg Florida Baptist Church. Bag meals 1 to 3 pm Thursdays for those who call, and Wednesdays 5-7 pm. Located at Route 30, Delanson.

Catholic Charities of Schenectady:
Nutrition Program for the Elderly. Six senior meal centers offer a hot lunch plus activities for those over age 60, Monday through Friday. Food stamps accepted. Transportation available. Administrative offices located at 1462 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.
Home delivered meals operated by Catholic Charities — Hot noontime meal and cold sandwich delivered seven days a week to homebound county residents who are at least 60. Call 518-384-3682 for appointment for home visit.

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP):
CACFP is a nutrition education and meal reimbursement program helping providers serve nutritious and safely prepared meals and snacks to children and adults in day care settings.

City Mission:
Dinner served Monday–Friday at 5:45 pm and on Saturday at 3:00 pm at the dining center, located at 512 Smith St. Bag meals available 24/7 at the men's shelter, located at 425 Hamilton Street.

Christ Church:
Serves dinner last Sunday of the month, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Located at 970 State Street.

Food stamps:
County Department of Social Services at 797 Broadway. If over age 60, apply to Catholic Charities which helps clients with applications @ 372-5667 ext. 149.

Home Furnishings Program:
The Home Furnishings Program is now part of Restore Habitat for Humanity. Free, used home items for families in needs such as beds, night stands, lamps, tables, couches, pots and pans, curtains, etc. Call to drop off. Store is located at 115 Broadway, Schenectady: 518-395-3412.

Meals on Wheels:
Provided through Catholic Charities of Schenectady.

Holy Name of Jesus National Catholic Church:
Located at 1040 Pearl Street, Schenectady, 12303. Third Sunday of the month.

Salvation Army:
Breakfast Monday–Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 am. Lunch program Monday–Friday from noon to 1 pm. Food Pantry open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 to 11:30 am. Pantry has annual visit limitations. Located at 222 Lafayette St, Schenectady

Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) Emergency Food Pantry:
Open M-W-F from 9 to 11:30 am every week. Also open last Tuesday and Thursday of the month. Help available up to four times in a 12 month period. Schenectady County residents only. Located at 839 Albany Street.
See also the SICM online food resources list. Can also be downloaded as a Word Document. Pantries Free Meals.html

Scotia Glenville Pantry:
518-399-9426 or 518-377-4073.
Open Tuesday 5 to 7 pm and Thursday 9 to 11 am at First Baptist Church, 132 Mohawk Ave.,Scotia. Scotia-Glenville residents only

St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church:
518-347-1385 by 10 am. to make appointment.
Open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. Located at 1243 State Street, Schenectady 12304.

WIC (Women, Infants & Children):
518-346-8818. Program is run by Schenectady County Public health with educators from the Cornell Cooperative Extension. Issues vouchers for food for pregnant or nursing women, infants and children at nutritional risk. Located at 650 Franklin Street, Suite 200, Schenectady.


Homeless Services, Shelter & Supports

Bethesda House:
Provides services to chronically homeless individuals and families. Bethesda has a full array of services on-site. These on-site programs and services are provided in one of two ways; directly by Bethesda staff or by partner agencies who utilize the center. All programs and services are free. Serves a daily community meal. Bethesda House has an emergency food pantry accessible with a referral. Bethesda House is built on the "housing first" model.Location is 834 State Street.

Booth House (Salvation Army):
Temporary shelter for women and women with children in crisis. Accepts Dept. of Social Services referrals only. Located at 222 Lafayette Street, Schenectady.

City Mission:
518-346-2275 ext. 315.
76 bed shelter for homeless men. Also has 35 bed shelter for women and children. Provides meals, jobs and training, thrift shop, also offers 24 transitional housing apartments. Located at 425 Hamilton Street.

Family Care Program (CDPC):
Administered by CDPC, Family Care is a residential service sponsored by OMH for persons who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness. The program places individuals in need of community placement (residents) with persons certified to deliver residential care in their own homes. Family Care providers receive training, support and financial reimbursement for their services. Residents receive the kind of support, guidance and companionship that naturally occurs in families and communities. Located at CDPC, 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany.

Peter Young Shelter Housing and Support Program:
For homeless persons, ex-prisoners; drug rehabilitation. Has 20 beds for homeless persons referred through the county Department of Social Services; provides counseling, vocational assessment and employment placement. Has grant for 30 residents through NYS Division of Parole; provides food, counseling, substance abuse treatment, education and vocational training, mental health and social services to residents. Located at 428 Duane Avenue.

YMCA of Schenectady:
845 "Commons" houses 155 studio apartments available for men including veterans, disabled individuals, and those coping with a mental illness. 845 Commons provides several services to its tenants, some of which are case management, referals for medical and behavioral health treatment, employment training and placement, and life skills development. Located at 845 Broadway, Schenectady.

YWCA of Schenectady:
Has 42 single occupancy rooms for women 18 and older, counseling around domestic violence, support groups for women 16 and older. Also serves their children 5 years and older for counseling. Emergency shelter with 24 hour supervision. Referrals from DSS only unless self-pay. Located at 44 Washington Avenue.


Hospital In-Patient Psychiatric Services

Capital District Psychiatric Center (CDPC):
State hospital that takes some direct admissions on emergency basis or where other hospital psychiatric units are full and refer here, and takes transfers from other hospitals. Located at 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany.

Conifer Park:
Provides adolescent and adult inpatient treatment for persons with a primary diagnosis of substance abuse, but can also work with patients who have a co-occuring disorder. Assessments and interventions. Located at 79 Glenridge Road, Glenville.

Ellis Hospital Adolescent Treatment Center:
518-243-3300, outpatient services.
518-243-4000, inpatient services.
Inpatient unit has 16 beds that house children ages 11-18. Provides short-term intensive treatment for adolescents experiencing an acute psychiatric crisis. Services include: evaluation, diagnosis, medication management and treatment. School program is also available. Located at 1101 Nott Street.

Ellis Hospital Adult Inpatient Unit:
Serves patients with acute psychiatric illnesses who need a safe, therapeutic environment. Provides evaluation, diagnosis, medication management and treatment services. Located at 1101 Nott Street.

Four Winds Hospital:
Private psychiatric hospital serves children, adolescents and adults, offers specialty treatment including eating disorders. Has clinical evaluation department, will handle calls 24 hours. Medicaid, Medicare, and HMOs accepted. Located at 30 Crescent Avenue, Saratoga Springs.

Stratton Veterans Administration Hospital:
518-626-5000 or 1-800-223-4810.
Lists several departments on its website, including psychiatry, day treatment center, mental health intensive case management, and a list of benefits and programs for low income vets. In addition there is a community day program, called a behavioral health recovery center, on the hospital grounds. It serves seriously mentally ill, has day programming and group participation, pre-vocational services and work related activity for veterans with prior mental health hospitalizations. Located at 113 Holland Avenue, Albany.
Additional phone numbers:
   Veterans Crisis Hotline, 1-800-273-8255.
   Mental Health / Outpatient Behavioral Health, 518-626-5343.


Legal Services, Jail Coordination and Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Advocacy Assistance - Mental Health Asssociation of NYS
Advocacy assistance to families whose relative has been arrested & awaits trail or is in jail or prison.
Contact Bob Corliss, Mental Health Association of NYS, Albany.

Assisted Outpatient Treatment:
(Also known as Kendra’s Law.) A program to assist persons with a mental illness who have a history of violence by having the court mandate the person to services. Contact: SPOA Coordinator at Schenectady County Office of Community Services.

Capital District Center for Independence (CDCI):
CDCI promotes independent living for people with disabilities through a wide variety of services, information, education outreach and trainings to people with disabilities. Services provided by the Center include advocacy and self-help instruction, which includes a peer-based approach to managing one’s affairs, the development of self-determination, decision-making skills, self-advocacy skills, assistance in day-to-day community participation, and other social roles to maintain or regain their independence in the community. The Center also works to educate the public, inform public officials, foster improvements in programs that serve people with disabilities, protect the civil rights of the disabled, and broaden access to employment, education, housing, transportation and social/recreational opportunities. Main office is located at 1716 Central Avenue, Albany.

Center for Community Justice:
(Formerly known as Law, Order and Justice Center.) Court-related services such as landlord-tenant mediation of disputes, revolving bail program, jail diversion, restitution, community service, foster care, volunteer care for non-custodial children. Main purpose is to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Located at 144 Barrett Street.

Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs:
(Formerly the Commission on Quality of Care)
518-549-0200 or 1-800-624-4143, main number.
1-855-373-2122, report abuse.
Agency provides oversight of the quality and cost-effectiveness of services provided by all mental hygiene programs in NYS. It administers grant programs and provides legal and non-legal advocacy services to persons with disabilities to assist them in obtaining the services and protections of federal and state law. Located at 161 Delaware Avenue, Delmar.

Disability Rights New York (formerly Disability Advocates):
Protection and advocacy legal services for persons with mental disabilities. Provides protection and advocacy services to assist individuals with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Also provides services for individual rights and beneficiaries of Social Security. Provides relay services for deaf and sign language. Located at 725 Broadway, Suite 450, Albany.

International Center of the Capital Region:
Information and support for foreign born. Located at 65 First Street, Hart Hall Rm 3016, Troy.

Kristen King:
Attorney who specializes in social security disability, guardianship and special needs issues. Located at 292 Washington Avenue Ext. Suite 111E.

Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York (LASNNY):
518-462-6765 or 1-800-462-2922.
Provides effective free civil legal services and education to and advocacy for people with low income or other barriers to accessing the legal system. Legal assistance in non-criminal cases such as landlord-tenant disputes. Located at 95 Central Avenue, Albany.

Legal Project - Capital District Women's Bar Association:
Free legal consultation. A non-profit organization that provides free legal consult to individuals in the Capital District. Legal clinics offer free half-hour consultations with attorneys on a variety of legal issues, such as landlord-tenant disputes, labor and employment issues, disabilities, civil rights, immigration and discrimination. Located at 24 Aviation Road, Suite 101, Albany.

Mental Hygiene Legal Service (MHLS) of NYS Unified Court System:
The MHLS provides legal advisor and assistance to persons receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and community-based facilities for the mentally disabled. MHLS represents such persons in judicial and administrative proceedings concerning admission, retention, transfer, treatment and guardianship. It also provides advice and assistance regarding standards of care and other matters affecting the civil liberties of persons receiving care at facilities for the mentally disabled. Located at CDPC, 75 New Scotland Avenue, Unit B, Albany.

Schenectady County Probation (Adult) Intensive Supervision Program:
The intensive supervision program is an alternative to incarceration program offering a sentencing and community supervision option for offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated. Department provides eligibility assessments, court-ordered restrictions, monitoring and field supervision. Located at the County Office Building, 620 State Street.

Schenectady County Public Defenders Office:
Assigned public defense for criminal cases only. For the Alternatives to Incarceration Program, contact Mark Caruso at 518-386-2286 (defense attorney for low income people in criminal cases; community options in lieu of jail). Located at 519 State Street, Schenectady.


Medical/Health Services

AIDS/HIV Hotline:
1-800-872-2777, counseling.
1-800-541-2437, general information.
Free counseling and testing.

Alpha Pregnancy Care Center:
Offers free services including pregnancy counseling, testing, clothing and baby supplies, abstinence education as well as parenting classes. Located at 967 Albany Street.

Birthright Schenectady:
518-370-1532 or 1-800-550-4900.
Free pregnancy testing, support, legal/medical/educational referrals, prenatal information, maternity and baby clothing, housing referrals, adoption information. Located at 12 Jay Street, Schenectady.

City Mission of Schenectady:
Free medical care on Tuesdays 6 PM at the Dining Center located at 512 Smith Street, Schenectady.

Ellis Medicine Primary Health Care Centers:
518-243-3388, center located at 1201 Nott Street, Medical Arts Building, Schenectady.
518-382-2260, center located at 600 McClellen Street, Schenectady.
518-243-3360, center located at 115 Saratoga Road, Glenville.
Primary Care Centers are intended to meet the primary care needs of individuals, from colds and flu to physical exams and immunizations. Open Monday – Friday including some evenings.

Hometown Health Centers of Schenectady:
Offers primary care and dental services to patients of all ages. Varying hours Monday - Saturday. Closed on Sundays. Located at 1044 State Street

Planned Parenthood:
Services include: pregnancy testing & counseling, PCAP program, prenatal care, adoption referral, abortion services to 16 weeks, yearly exams and PAP tests, birth control, sexually transmitted infections testing and treatment, HIV testing and counseling, midlife services, cancer screenings, coloscopy/cryosurgery and education. Located at 1040 State Street, Schenectady.

Ellis Medicine McClellan Street Health Center:
518-382-2000 or call center at 518-243-3333.
The McClellan Street Health Center offers outpatient services, primary care, short stay rehabilitation and long term care (nursing home), with a focus on primary care and wellness medicine. The facility features a day surgery program, medical imaging, laboratory testing, wound care and a sleep disorders center.Located at 600 McClellan Street, Schenectady.

Schenectady County Public Health Services:
Offers immunizations, testing, STD/HIV testing, influenza/pneumonia, well-child appointments and rabies pre-exposure program. Free HIV testing. Located at 107 Nott Terrace, Schaffer Heights, Schenectady.

Schenectady County Department of Senior & Long Term Care:
Does assessment and case management for individuals needing personal care services to remain in the community. Arranges for visits to home by public health personnel. Also takes applications & issues photo IDS for CDTA bus cards. Department contracts with Visiting Nurse Service of Schenectady, 518-382-7932 (takes Medicaid). Located at 107 Nott Terrace, Suite 305, Schenectady.


Mental Health Clinic/Treatment

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team:
This program is administered by Mohawk Opportunities. Outreach team consisting of psychiatrist, nurse, social workers and others, gives direct services to adults having extra service needs. Takes referrals from agencies, hospital, family, county single point of access (SPOA) coordinator. Located at 201 Nott Terrace, Schenectady.

CDPC Community Support Center):
518-374-3403 or 518-549-6000.
NYS operated center provides clinic treatment for clients who may enroll in prepaid mental health plan; individual and group counseling, medication review and support, job readiness, plus self-help. Located at 740 State Street, Schenectady.

Capital Region Association for Eating Disorders (CRAED):
Services for individuals living with anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating disorders and their families as well as support groups. Located at 1653 central Avenue, Albany.

Catholic Charities of Schenectady County:
Individual and family counseling, case management, counseling for elderly and in-home help. Located at 1462 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.

Ellis Medicine Mental Health Services:
Crisis/Inpatient Services, 518-243-4000.
Outpatient Mental Health Services, 518-243-3300.
Child and Adolescent Programs, 518-382-2290.
Diagnosis & evaluation, counseling, medication review, individual and group therapies, co-occurring substance abuse dependency issues are addressed. Main locations at 1101 Nott Street and 600 McClellan Street, Schenectady.

Family and Children Service of Schenectady:
Individual and family counseling, anger management for men and women, accepts Medicaid, private insurance and sliding scale fees. Located at 246 Union Street. Maria Sunukjian, Executive Director.

Schenectady Center for Psychotherapy and Eating Disorders:
Individual, group, family and couples treatment. Advocates for a healthy lifestyle. Located at 1575 Union Street.


Residential Services, Group Homes, Apartments, Rooms

Mohawk Opportunities, Inc.:
Operates group homes, certified and supported apartment programs including:
Assertive Community Treatment ( ACT) / Dominion House at 401 Union Street transitional residence / Community Residence Program- Curry House / Emmanuel House & Jones Home / Certified Apartment Program / Supported Housing Program / Continuum of Care Services / Rental Assistance Program for Persons Living with AIDS / Transitional Services Program.
You must be referred by the Schenectady County Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator, 518-386-2218.
Mohawk Opportunities administrative offices are located at 201 Nott Terrace, Schenectady.

Rehabilitation Support Services (RSS):
River Street supportive apartments are for MICA clients. Scattered site supported housing (30 beds) are also available. RSS Helps tenants get furniture and rent subsidies. This branch of RSS is located at 4 River Street, Schenectady.
You must be referred by the Schenectady County Single Point of Access (SPOA) Coordinator, 518-386-2218.

Schenectady Municipal Housing Authority:
Federally subsidized housing (public housing). Federal HUD Section 8 rent subsidy & home owner program gives rent vouchers for public housing or scattered site apartments (those accepted pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities while MHA pays the rest). The agency also has a Shelter Plus Care apartment program for homeless people on SSI or SSDI (50 beds). Referral must come from an agency serving these populations. Located at 375 Broadway.

Schenectady YMCA Supported Housing Program:
Single room occupancy residence for male clients with mental illness and those with mental illness/chemical addictions. Also, payeeship program for mental health clients in various programs. And Shelter Plus Care program (30 beds) for homeless men with disabilities (referrals from County DSS only or self-pay). Located at "Commons" 845 Broadway, Schenectady. Lou Magliocca, Director of Residential Services.

Union Street Residence of CDPC:
Group residence for patients of the Capital District Psychiatric Center who can function in the community. Located at 1558 Union Street, Schenectady.


Other Subsidized Housing - these are only some of the listings available.

Parkside Manor:
Located at 920 Albany Street, Schenectady.

Holyrood House:
For age 62 and up or disabled. Located at 201 5th Street, Scotia.

Lawrence Commons:
Disability accessible housing located at 2660 Albany Street.

Father Leo O'Brien Senior Housing:
Located at 3151 Marra Lane, Schenectady.

Southgate Apartments:
Located at 1963 Watt Street.

Summit Towers:
For elderly & SSI/SSDI disabled. Located at 720 Albany Street.

Wingate Management:
For SSI/SSDI disabled. Located at 799 Albany Street.


Full Rent Housing - these are only some of the listings available.

The Camelot:
Section 8 clients.

Forkey Management:
Section 8 clients.

Barney Square Associates:
Located at 225 State Street.

Hillcrest Village East/West:
Located at 1515 Hillside Avenue.

Kingsway Village Apartments:
Senior apartments. Located at 5000 Queen Philomena Boulevard.

Lupe Owen Management:
Located at 1759 Union Street #209.

Netherlands Village Apartments:
Located at 1455 Dorwaldt Boulevard.

Schaffer Heights:
Senior housing ages 55 and up. Located at 107 Nott Terrace.

Sheridan Village Apartments:
Located at 2150 Rosa Road.

Stockade East Apartments:
Located 13-15 North College Street.

Ten Mill Lane Apartments:
Located at 10 Mill Lane.

Tri City Associates:
Located at 133 Wall Street #4.

Van Buren Apartments:
Located at 2150 Eastern Parkway.Niskayuna

Wade Lupe Towers:
Located at 10 Queens Drive.


Other Services and Resources

Catholic Charities:
518-372-5667 (main Schenectady telephone number).
Catholic Charities provides a wide range of services to residents of Schenectady County. Main office is located at 1462 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.
   Food and Nutrition: Meals on Wheels, Nutrition Outreach, Dining Centers.
   Chronic Disease Management: Including assistance with HIV/hepatitis testing.
   Emergency Assistance: Including utility assistance, 518-374-9181.
   Community Maternity Services: 518-482-8836.
   Disabilities Services: 518-783-1111.
   Mental Health Counseling Services.
   Shelter and Low-Income Housing: 518-459-0183.
   Services for Seniors: Caregiver Support Program.
   Immigration Legal Services: 518-453-6650.

Compeer Program:
Matches adult volunteers with mentally disabled adults as personal helpers. Program operated by Rehabilitation Support Services.

Schenectady Damien Center:
The Schenectady Damien Center is a resource center designed to improve health, reduce stress and increase the quality of life in a supportive atmosphere for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Located at 1055 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady.

Visiting Nurse Service of Northeastern New York:
Contracts with county Department of Senior and Long Term Care and privately with individuals to make home nursing care visits. Has included visits to the residence of someone with medical needs and less serious mental illness. VNA takes short and long term patients. Takes Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance. They do screening of hospital patients at discharge for services in the home. Located at 108 Erie Boulevard, Schenectady.