Department of Mental Health



Oneida County Department of Mental Health provides administrative leadership to the planning, monitoring and reviewing of services for individuals with mental illness, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. The department is dedicated to being a leader in these areas and strives to implement initiatives that deliver quality programs that enhance the lives of those in our community. Oneida County Department of Mental Health does not provide any direct treatment or clinical services, but rather contracts with local community agencies that aim to provide the best accessible care and services possible.

MISSION STATEMENT: “Oneida County Department of Mental Health strives to enhance the lives of those experiencing challenges in the areas of mental, emotional and behavioral; substance use; and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities. In pursuit of our mission, we provide administrative leadership aimed at providing an accessible and barrier free community.”



Ashlee Thompson, MHA, MSEd, Master CASAC
Commissioner of Mental Health/Director of Community Services

Emily Ofalt, LMSW
Director of Adult Mental Health

Sean Miri, Advanced CASAC
Director of Substance Use Services

Rebeccah Philipson
Adult SPOAA Coordinator & AOT Coordinator

Dawn Piccione
Child and Youth SPOAA Coordinator

Jared Henderson
Program Analyst

Ruben Nunez
Fiscal Administrator

Tanya Burdick
Secretary to the Commissioner of Mental Health

 Oneida County Department of Mental Health
800 Park Avenue, 9th Floor, Utica, NY 13501
Phone: (315) 768-3660
Fax:  (315) 768-3670

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse ServicesOffice of Mental HealthOffice for People with Developmental Disabilities