Community/Mental Hygiene Services

In accordance with New York State Mental Hygiene Law, the Community Services Board of each county has oversight responsibility for all mental health, chemical dependency and developmental disability services that receive state funding. The Office of Community Services is the Local Government Unit for the development of behavioral health service plans and management and supervision of these services for Schoharie County.

Schoharie County provides services to individuals with mental health concerns, substance use Concerns, and/or developmental disabilities, through both county-operated/staffed clinics/ providers and contracts with other local service providers. These services include but are not limited to: outpatient mental health and chemical dependency clinics, health home care management services, advocacy services, children and family services (Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative), and management of contracts funded by New York State Aid.

MCAT is Schoharie County’s crisis provider
MCAT is available to anyone seeking crisis intervention services 24/7. Typically, Schoharie County has a dedicated staff member from this organization who is based out of Schoharie County’s Mental Health Clinic available to the community M-F during normal business hours with 24/7 coverage available, unfortunately, their staff member recently resigned from the position and so we are without a worker presently.  They are actively recruiting a staff person for this position.

Crisis Services are available in Schoharie County!!!  If you need crisis services for yourself or someone else, please call MCAT at 1 (844) 732-6228 or 988 or the clinic at (518) 295-8336 (M-F 8:30 to 5pm) or call 911.

2024 Schedule of Meetings and Presentations
Regular meetings are the third Thursdays of the month starting at 5:45pm
— Program presentations are subject to change —
Schoharie County Office of Community Services is now accepting RFPs for Opioid Settlement Funding

Office Information:

PO Box 160, Schoharie, NY
TEL: 518-295-8407 Fax: 518-295-8399
Sarah Nies, LMHC, Director of Community Services
Deidre Scutt, Department Business Manager II


The clinic offers individual and group treatment that is tailored to help you. We serve adults, children, and adolescents. We also offer services for couples and families.

Treatment begins with an assessment to help us identify troubling symptoms and obstacles in your life. From there, we work with you to develop goals and treatment to help you overcome those obstacles.

in addition to individual therapy, we are also pleased to offer a wide range of group treatment that many people find to be effective and supportive.

Psychiatric Services – Our psychiatry staff includes an Adult Psychiatrist, a Child/Adolescent psychiatrist, and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. These professionals are available to help evaluate possible needs for medications or other interventions. The goal of these interventions is to help you meet your treatment goals and increase your overall stability. At a later time, you may be referred back to your Primary Care Physician who can continue your medical treatment.

Shannon Weightman, LCSW-R, Deputy Director

113 Park Place, PO Box 160, Schoharie, NY 12157
Tel: 518-295-8336; Fax: 518-295-8724


There are several levels of care management – the goal of every level is to help you maintain yourself safely in your home, school, and community.

Advocacy Care Manager (ACM) – will assist you with linkage to services (whether you have a mental health diagnosis or not). Number of contacts will be determined by identified need.

Health Home Case Manager – available to support your overall health by assisting in accessing community resources and medical providers, coordinating and advocating for your care, community support, and social service needs as determined by your personally developed care plan.

Non-Medicaid Care Manager – if you are an adult and do not have Medicaid, you may qualify for this service. The care manager will assist you with completing applications for services you are eligible for while also linking and referring you to services.

How do I obtain Case Management Services?

It’s Simple! You sign a consent form and complete a short referral form. That’s it!

There is a Child SPOA (C-SPOA) committee for anyone under the age of 18 and a SPOA committee for anyone 18 and over. Each committee meets to review the referrals and suggest the most appropriate services available to meet the identified needs. Contact the SPOA Coordinator for more information at 518-295-2016.

113 Park Place, Suite #1, Schoharie, NY 12157
Tel: 518-295-2016 Fax: 518-295-8724
Dorothea VanValkenburgh, Children Services, CCSI/SPOA Coordinator
Jody Kendrick, Supervising Mental Health Care Manager, Adult Services


The CD Clinic offers quality care for those in need of services for alcohol, drug, and gambling disorders. We also serve those with co-occurring disorders. We provide individual, family, and group treatment that is tailored to help you.

Treatment begins with an assessment to help us identify troubling symptoms and obstacles in your life. Together, we develop a treatment plan that helps you meet your goals and improves your quality of life.

The CD Clinic also provides medicated assisted therapy through the use of Suboxone and Vivitrol, as well as other addiction medications.

Group Treatment

Group therapy is a strong component of the treatment offered at the CD Clinic.
Addiction recovery and group therapy work very well together. Some of the groups
offered include:

  • Psychoeducational (10 weeks)
  • Skill building
  • Early Recovery
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Specialized Recovery Groups for Adolescents, Women and Men
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Dual Recovery
  • Gambling Recovery

113 Park Place, Suite #1, Schoharie, NY 12157
Tel: 518-295-2031 Fax: 518-295-8724
Taylor Ross, LMSW, Program Coordinator


113 Park Place, PO Box 160, Schoharie, NY 12157

Colleen Quirion, Schoharie – Chairperson
Bruce Baker, Howes Cave
David DeSando, Cobleskill
Susan Emerson, M.D., Cobleskill
Racheal Jafojo M.D., Guilderland
Constance Burroughs, Esperance
Kimberly Charboneau, Schoharie
Philip Skowfoe, Jr, Fulton Supervisor
Marilyn Wyman, Middleburgh