Located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, in Ithaca, The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is committed to developing and supporting the active involvement of ordinary people (including providers, family members and recipients of mental health services) in all aspects of mental health. These include the definition of needs, the promotion of community, and the provision of services. We also support the human and civil rights of people who use mental health services, and will educate the community on all perspectives concerning mental health and mental health disabilities.

Our services are available to those who live or work in Tompkins County. We have limited services available in Seneca, Schuyler and Yates Counties in Central New York. We are always happy to respond to email inquiries in English, regardless of place of origin, if we can be of service.

A United Way agency, The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County is a chapter of the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS). MHANYS is an affiliate of Mental Health America (MHA), formerly the National Mental Health Association (NMHA).



Mental Health America 2014 Annual Conference, September 10-12, Atlanta, Georgia—Parity and the Affordable Care Act: Bridging Gaps to Advance Mental Health. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to discuss what we have learned in the process of implementing the Affordable Care and Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Acts, and to collaborate to identify next steps and opportunities for action.

Glenn Liebman, CEO for the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS), talks about mental health and the role of MHANYS and its affiliate networks.
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MHANYS and its affiliate network work to promote mental health and recovery, encourage empowerment in mental health service recipients, eliminate discrimination, raise public awareness with education, and advocate for equality and opportunity for all.

We are currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.


Writing Workshop Series, Tuesdays from 2-3PM. Come join Sara Ferguson, from the Johnson Museum of Art, and Emily Nowels, from the MHATC, at 301 S. Geneva Street in Suite 107. In the workshop, participants will use major surrealist themes and techniques to produce, art, poetry and creative writing. The class also features trips to the Johnson Museum of Art, and will culminate in a tour of the museum’s new surrealism exhibit. Call Emily at (607) 273-9250 or email enowels@mhaedu.org for more information.
Peter Wofanger from Challenge will be at SPACE from 1-3 every Tuesday, offering assistance with career exploration and job readiness. SPACE is located at 301 S Geneva St in Suite 110.
Depression, Bipolar Disorder and Addiction Support Group, Thursdays, 5:30 – 6:30 at the Starlight Peer Advocacy Center for Empowerment (SPACE). The group is open to people suffering from any bi-polar diagnosis (Bi-polar I or II, Cyclothymia, BP-NOS, etc.), including those with a dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorder. The goal of the group is to create a safe space for people to share stories and receive peersupport. Group meets at the Henry Saint John Building, 301 S. Geneva St. in Suite 110.
The Mental Health Association in Tompkins County offers a Saturday Kids Recreation program and Parent Support Group during the school year. Both groups will meet at 1pm at the YMCA. Please call Pat at 607 273-9250 to register your child(ren).
September 4, at 6PM, the Mental Health Association in Tompkins County will be hosting a FREE SCREENING of Good Will Hunting at Cinemapolis. After the screening will be a brief discussion about the representation of mental health. We hope to see you there! Call 607-273-9250 with questions.
September 20th at Lifelong, 119 West Court Street from 10 a.m. to noon.    
Finger Lakes Women in Transition presents Child Custody and Co-Parenting. The Honorable John Rowley, County Judge for Tompkins County, will be our featured speaker and will focus on challenges of child custody issues, family court and long term co-parenting.
On September 22nd,  12-1:30,  please join us for our 60th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony at the Hotel Ithaca. $18.00 per person. Please call Josephine at 273-9250 with questions or to register.