|Timothy Ruetten, Director
|175 Arsenal Street
|Watertown, New York 13601
|Phone: (315) 785-3283
|Fax: (315) 785-5182
|Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
|Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. July and August
- To determine the needs of people with mental illness, chemical dependency, or developmental disabilities who live in Jefferson County.
- To develop the program of local mental hygiene services for the county.
- To direct and administer the development of a local annual comprehensive plan for all services for mentally disabled residents of the county which shall be submitted to the department and used in part to formulate a statewide comprehensive plan for services.
- To ensure that there is coordination, cooperation, and integration among local providers of mental hygiene services.
- To provide fiscal oversight of the state and local monies used in the provision of mental hygiene services.
- To oversee the preschool program for children with disabilities for Jefferson County.
- To administer the Early Intervention program for infants and toddlers with disabilities or delays for Jefferson County.
Types of Services, Assistance
- Annual local governmental plan: Each year a plan is developed for the three service areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, and alcohol and substance abuse.
- Budget approval: The Community Services Board approves all mental hygiene agency budgets annually.
- Funding: As determined by the local comprehensive plan, the office distributes county and state monies to local agencies for the reimbursement of costs of providing services to their constituents.
- Statistical reporting: An annual report is prepared each year providing information on the number of people served and expenditures.
- Oversight: The office addresses complaints and handles disputes brought to its attention.
- Coordination: The office coordinates services with and among agencies locally and statewide to attain efficiency and accountability.
- Preschool program for children with disabilities: The county contracts for transportation and preschool services. The office participates in the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) meetings and maintains lists of itinerant service providers.
- Early Intervention: The office provides initial service coordination to all families seeking information or services for infants and toddlers suspected of having a disability or delay. Additionally, the office provides ongoing service coordination when chosen by families and contracts with a number of providers who provide assessment, evaluation and early intervention services.
Jefferson County Resource Guide