Some services are tailored for a particular need or disorder, such as post-partum depression or developmental disability. Other services are designed for groups who may have a higher need for mental health services, such as veterans or refugees.
Co-Occurring Mental Illness & Substance Abuse
Co-occurring disorders (also referred to as “dual diagnosis”) is a term for when someone experiences a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously. Either disorder—substance use or mental illness—can develop first. Some agencies still have programs termed MICA services (Mentally Ill Chemical Abuse). Office of Mental Health specifically licenses some mental health clinics for “integrated” substance abuse (or “chemical dependence”) services. Individuals with serious mental illness will be assessed for drug and alcohol use and abuse, and provided treatment which addresses using drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. For WNY provider information, see Substance Use Disorder.
When arranging an appointment at a mental health clinic or other outpatient mental health services, provide the Intake/Admissions staff with information about your or your relative’s drug and alcohol use or abuse. Individuals seeking mental health services often underreport the amount or frequency of their substance use, or are unaware of the problems such use or abuse is causing. Using alcohol when taking prescribed drugs may make these drugs less effective, ineffective or cause unintended side effects.
Medical health providers will generally take into account co-occurring mental illness and substance use when prescribing treatment. Few organizations, however, specifically treat co-occurring illness. Descriptions in Adult Treatment and Substance Use Disorder sections will note if they provide co-occurring, MICA or dual-diagnosis treatment.
Developmental Disabilities Resources
The Lutheran Service Society of WNY
6680 Main St.
Williamsville, NY 14221
Fee: Sliding scale, Medicare, Medicaid
1-on-1 support line
Immigrants & Refugees
Pre- and Post-Partum Depression Services
P3 Center for Teens, Moms & Kids – NFMMC
Tuscarora Indian Nation
533 Tenth Street
Golisano Center for Community Health
Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Horizon Health Services – Women Centered Care at Sisters Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
There are a wide variety of services for older people in Erie County, including mental health services. Resources listed here are particularly relevant for older citizens in need of mental health services.
NYS Office for the Aging
NY Connects Line 1-800-342-9871
Information about resources available to caregivers about long term care and supports in NYS.
Liberty Hall/Cazenovia Recovery Systems, Inc.
222 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020
PO Box 1500
Batavia, NY 14021-1500
VA Outpatient Clinic – Dunkirk
166 East 44th St., Dunkirk, NY 14048
VA Outpatient Clinic – Lackawanna
1234 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218