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Mental Health/Substance Abuse Issues

Addiction is common in people with mental health problems. When you have both a substance abuse problem and a mental health issue such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety, it is called a co-occurring disorder or dual diagnosis.

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Single Point of Access (SPOA)

Single Point of Access (SPOA) is part of the NYS Office of Mental Health's (OMH) 2000-2001 initiatives designed to expand the county's existing community based mental health system and help make it a more cohesive and better coordinated system. The goal is to create a system that promotes recovery-oriented services, which are widely available, flexible, personally tailored and responsive to individual needs. Individual's preferences will be integrated into the process. All referrals and transitions between programs and services will be entered into a database, in order to monitor who receives services, who does not, alternative recommendations, and the actual mental health residential and case management needs. There will be periodic reassessment and monitoring of an individual's need for a particular level of care/service.

SPOA Coordinators connect people with serious mental illness to mental health services.

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Westchester Community Mental Health Services Directory

The Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) works with a broad range of local providers to address issues of mental illness, intellectual and developmental disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse for Westchester County. 

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What to Know When Assisting a Consumer with Mental Illness

This fact sheet is intended to help Navigators identify issues that are unique to consumers with mental health conditions to assist them in making decisions related to their healthcare coverage. This fact sheet discusses the type of health care providers generally accessed by consumers with mental health needs, as well as medications often taken by individuals with mental health needs.

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council