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Advocacy/ Ombudsman

The Ombudsman is a former or current recipient of mental health services who serves as an advocate/mediator for other persons living with mental illness. The Ombudsman can also help with advocating or negotiating issues, that involve  questions about local, state, or federal services, social security issues, social services issues, family court issues, criminal court issues and landlord complaints. Also, the Ombudsman can assist in providing referrals to other agencies when appropriate. Please contact Kim at 518-762-5332 ext. 113 for further information.

Socialization

The MHA sponsors Drop-In Centers that are drug and alcohol free environments in both counties for consumers of mental health services and their families. The centers provide recreational, social, educational, and vocational opportunities in a self-help and peer-supported environment.

The Leisure Lounge (Fulton County) is located at 73 N. Main Street, Gloversville (Argersinger Building) and is open:
Tuesdays & Thursdays - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
Please contact Dan at 518-773-8727 if you would like further information.

Montgomery County Drop-In Center is located at the Masonic Temple, 31 Division Street, Amsterdam. , and is open Monday & Wednesday 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please contact Lisa at 518-762-5332, ext. 113 for more information.

Advocacy

On the local, state, and federal level the importance and necessity of advocacy for consumers of mental health services is an essential role for the MHA. The promotion of mental wellness, quality of care in treatment, and adequate funding for services are all core elements for the fairness that individuals with mental illness deserve.

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Single Point of Accountability (SPOA) for Children's Services in Fulton and Montgomery Counties

The purpose of this program is to identify those children who are at the highest risk of placement in an out-of-the-home setting and to develop appropriate strategies to manage these children in Fulton and Montgomery Counties. For more information, please contact Kathy Cromie 518-762-5332 ext. 111

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Coping with Natural Disasters:

Recently, New York State has become much more familiar with natural disasters. We have seen floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and storms that have caused widespread damage and interrupted many people’s lives. People just don’t know where to turn – who to go to for help.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, offers assistance in a variety of ways. We have included some of their information for you. For more detailed information, go to the FEMA website (www.fema.gov/assistance/process/additional.shtm and click on “Recover & Rebuild”.)

The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals who have become unemployed because of major disasters. Benefits begin with the date the individual was unemployed due to the disaster incident and can extend up to 26 weeks after the Presidential declaration date. These benefits are made available to individuals not covered by other unemployment compensation programs, such as self-employed, farmers, migrant and seasonal workers, and those who have insufficient quarters to qualify for other unemployment compensation.

When the President declares a disaster, FEMA/EPR , through an agreement with the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, provides free legal assistance to disaster victims. Legal advice is limited to cases that will not produce a fee (i.e. these attorneys work without payment). Assistance would typically include assistance with insurance claims, landlord/tenant problems, consumer protection matters and replacement of legal documents.

Taxpayers who have sustained a casualty loss from a declared disaster may deduct that loss on the federal income tax return for the year in which the casualty actually occurred, or elect to deduct the loss on the tax return for the preceding tax year.

 

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Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties
Janine Dykeman, Executive Director
307-309 Meadow Street
Johnstown, NY 12095
Phone: (518) 762-5332
Fax: (518) 762-6823
E-Mail: info@mhafm.org

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