Public Health & Mental Health

Public Health departments promote and protect the health of all who live, work, and play in counties throughout New York. Counties provide direct services and community partnerships in the following areas: development and maintenance of individual and community preparedness for public health hazards and events; investigation, prevention, and control of communicable diseases; prevention of environmental health hazards through assessment, regulation, and remediation; promotion of healthy lifestyles through outreach and education; and provision for evaluation and services to individuals, children, and families that have developmental delays and concerns.

NYSAC White Papers and Reports

Drinking Water Quality & Infrastructure

Battling the Heroin & Opioid Epidemic

Public Health Issues

Recent Resolutions

January 2018

  1. Resolution Calling on the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Governor to Provide State Funding to Support the Treatment and Transition Services to Individuals with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Who are Incarcerated in County Jails 
  2. Resolution Supporting an End to Administrative Funding Cuts, an Increase in the Base Grant, Per Capita Rate, and State Aid Formula that Constitute Article 6 State Aid Reimbursement for Mandated General Public Health Work Undertaken by Local Health Departments as Population Health Partners of New York State 
  3. Resolution Calling on the Office of Mental Health and the Governor to Ensure Long Term Viability to OMH Funded Housing Programs for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Through Support of the “Bring It Home” Initiative

February 2017

  1. Resolution Supporting an End to Executive Administrative Cuts, an Increase in the Base Grant, Per Capita Rate, and State Aid Formula that Constitute Article 6 State Aid Reimbursement for Mandated General Public Health Work Undertaken by Local Health Departments as Population Health Partners of New York State
  2. Resolution Supporting Rabies Prevention Across the State and Providing Appropriate Funding Necessary to Achieve this Goal
  3. Resolution Calling on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Members of the New York State Legislature to Urge the President and Congress to Increase Federal Funding to Localities to Combat the Spread of the Zika Virus in the United States
  4. Resolution Calling on the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Governor of the State of New York to Provide State Funding to Support the Treatment of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders Who Are Incarcerated in County Jails, in Order to Help Combat the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic and Other Addictions, Save Lives, and Reduce the Rate of Recidivism
  5. Resolution Calling on the Office of Mental Health, the Department of Health and the Governor of the State of New York to Preserve and Maintain the Role of Children’s Single Point of Access to Ensure that High-Need/High-Risk Children and Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbance and Their Families Have Timely Access to the Comprehensive Services and Supports They Need as the State Implements Medicaid Redesign for Children, Youth and Family Services
  6. Resolution Urging New York State to Maintain the Carve-Out from Medicaid Managed Care for School-Based Health Centers
  7. Resolution to Reduce the Administrative Burden on Local Health Departments Caused by Article Six State Aid for General Public Health Work Maintenance of Effort Requirements

September 2016

  1. Resolution Supporting an End to Executive Administrative Cuts, an
    Increase in the Base Grant, Per Capita Rate, and State Aid Formula that
    Constitute Article 6 State Aid Reimbursement for Mandated General Public
    Health Work Undertaken by Local Health Departments as Population
    Health Partners of New York State
  2. Resolution Supporting Rabies Prevention Across the State and Providing
  3. Appropriate Funding Necessary to Achieve this Goal
  4. Resolution Calling on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Members of the
    New York State Legislature to Urge Congress to Take Emergency Action to
    Combat the Spread of the Zika Virus in the United States
  5. Resolution Calling on the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse
    Services and the Governor of the State of New York to Provide State
    Funding to Support the Treatment of Individuals with Substance Use
    Disorders, Who Are Incarcerated in County Jails, in Order to Help Combat
    the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic and Other Addictions, Save Lives,
    and Reduce the Rate of Recidivism

February 2016 

  1. Resolution Supporting an End to Executive Administrative Cuts, an Increase in the Base Grant, Per Capita Rate, and State Aid Formula that Constitute Article 6 State Aid Reimbursement for Mandated General Public Health Work Undertaken by Local Health Departments as Population Health Partners of New York State
  2. Resolution Supporting Rabies Prevention Across the State and Providing Appropriate Funding Necessary to Achieve This Goal
  3. Resolution Calling on the NYS Office of People With Developmental Disabilities and the Governor of the State of New York to Implement a Process of Transparency, Information-Sharing and Collaboration with the Local Governmental Units (LGUs) to Ensure the Adequacy of Community-based Programs and Services for People with Developmental Disabilities Who are Being Transitioned from Institutional Settings into the Community?

September 2015 

  1. Resolution Supporting an End to Executive Administrative Cuts, an Increase in the Base Grant, Per Capita Rate, and State Aid Formula that Constitute Article 6 State Aid Reimbursement for Mandated General Public Health Work Undertaken by Local Health Departments as Population Health Partners of New York State  
  2. Resolution Calling on the Governor, the Legislature and the Department of Health to Provide Support and Financial Resources for Statewide Awareness on the Threat of Lyme Disease, and Other Tick Borne Diseases 
  3. Resolution Calling on the State, the Department of Health and the Governor of the State of New York to Ensure that with Changes in State Health Care Policies that Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disturbances Have Access to the Local Government Unit (LGU) Single Point of Access (SPOA) for Referral to the Comprehensive Array of Services Currently Available