The Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services is the local governmental unit responsible for the coordination and oversight of all community services to persons with alcohol and substance abuse problems, mental illness, mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities. Community Mental Hygiene Services is authorized under the New York State Mental Hygiene Law. It functions in concert with New York State’s Office of Mental Health; Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.
The scope of the Division’s responsibilities include:
- Coordinate and oversee treatment services for mental health, substance abuse and those with mental retardation or developmental disabilities in Suffolk County;
- Work with communities, consumers and other interested groups to improve services and to pursue program development that is consistent with the Suffolk County/New York State planning process;
- Establish procedures and implement programs either directly or through contracts with other agencies to serve people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse problems, mental retardation or developmental disabilities.
- Evaluate those services to ensure that they comply with all pertinent regulations and appropriately serve their intended populations; and
- Provide education and training either directly or through contracts to increase awareness of chemical dependency, mental illness and developmental disabilities.
Mental Health Clinics
Hours of Operation -
All Clinics: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Services are offered at the following locations:
Brentwood Clinic 1841 Brentwood Road, Brentwood, (631) 853-7300
Farmingville Clinic, 15 Horseblock Place, Farmingville (631) 854-2552
Riverhead Clinic, County Center, Riverhead (631) 852-1440
Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs
Methadone Maintenance Treatment Programs are provided in Huntington, Riverhead, Hauppauge – 200 Wireless Blvd. and Hauppauge-North County Complex.
Individuals in need of methadone treatment can apply for services at the two intake clinics:
Hauppauge Intake and Maintenance Program
200 Wireless Blvd.
Hours: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
East End Methadone Maintenance Program
Hours: 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Case Management Evaluation Referral And Assessment (CAMERA)
CAMERA evaluates, determines eligibility and refers applications for case management and ACT Teams for persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Case managers assist mental health consumers with accessing services that are needed to improve their quality of life, such as outpatient treatment, vocational services, disability benefits, housing and linkages to community supports. ACT Teams provide mental health treatment in the community for high need consumers who have not been successful in traditional treatment settings. For more information on eligibility, services and how to apply, call (631) 853-2995.
Court Ordered Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)
In order to be eligible for the AOT program, an individual would have to meet the criteria set forth by Kendra's Law, section 9.60 of Mental Hygiene Law.
Persons served by the AOT program are deemed to be at risk of harm to self or others when noncompliant with psychiatric treatment and/or medication. They are court-ordered to comply with an intensive treatment plan, consisting of an array of mental health services including, but not limited to, case management, outpatient psychiatric services, and medication management services. Contact (631) 853-6205 for additional information.
Court Ordered AOT application
Children's Single Point Of Access (SPOA)
The Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene’s Single Point of Access (SPOA) coordinates high-end mental health services for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) and their families in Suffolk County. The SPOA offers a centralized, coordinated referral process using a universal referral form. The SPOA represents a consensus among all high-end community based and residential programs to ensure appropriate service delivery to the most needy children and youth. The program services Suffolk County residents, age 5 through 17 years, and their families.
The Division directly operates the Children’s Intensive Case Management (ICM) and Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) for Youth programs. County staff are also available through the Alternatives for Youth program to conduct comprehensive mental health evaluations as well as individual and family therapy for families participating in this program.
SPOA is located in Hauppauge at the North County Complex. Hours of operation are 9-5 pm, Monday through Friday. You can contact SPOA at (631) 853-8513 for additional information.
Single Point Of Access For Housing (SPA)
SPA coordinates all referrals for adult mental health housing in the community. Contact (631) 231-3562 for more information.
Other Services In The Community
CHOICES: This is an interactive fourth/fifth grade alcohol, tobacco and other drug prevention curriculum which is offered to Suffolk County School Districts in collaboration with contracted Prevention Specialists. This state-of-the-art program goes beyond outmoded didactic presentations to a comprehensive ten lesson curriculum that emphasizes both social skill building and age appropriate information about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. The curriculum includes student workbooks and teacher and parent involvement. The program culminates in a CHOICES graduation ceremony where students demonstrate the skills they have learned and receive a graduation certificate. Parents, family members, community leaders and school personnel are invited to attend.
Lending Library: The Resource Center provides for literature and educational materials to other professionals and the public.
SOS: Something of Substance is a half-hour magazine format program produced ten times a year and distributed monthly to the cable systems on Long Island. Each month the program highlights various mental hygiene services in Suffolk County.
Training and education are provided to community groups, other professionals and constituents upon request.
For information on how to access any of the above services, call (631)853-8500.
For more educational resources and materials, email The Division here and make a request
IF YOU PRESENTLY HAVE A PROBLEM THAT NEEDS IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, GO TO YOUR NEAREST EMERGENCY ROOM OR CALL 911.
If you need someone to talk to about you or someone else’s mental health, substance abuse, mental retardation or Developmental Disabilities, call:
The Mental Health Association:
Suffolk County Division of Community Mental Hygiene Services
Open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday 853-8500
For Information and services regarding Developmental Disabilities and Mental Retardation:
Prevention Resource Center of Suffolk County