The Rockland County Department of Mental Health is both a provider of behavioral health services and, as the Local Governmental Unit (LGU), is the lead agency in the Rockland County Local Services system of behavioral health care.  As a provider of services to the citizens of Rockland County, the Department of Mental Health is licensed by NYS Department of Health and the NYS Office of Mental Health.  Services are coordinated with other behavioral health, health and social service agencies as required.

The mission of the Department is to ensure and oversee delivery of high quality, comprehensive, person-centered and recovery oriented services for persons in the Rockland community with mental illness, developmental disabilities and chemical dependence.   These services will be provided in an ethical, courteous, timely, safe, culturally competent and cost effective manner.  The role of RCDMH is to insure that no client falls through the safety net, which is especially critical today given the many changes occurring in the health care delivery systems.

As the LGU, the Department is responsible for the planning, coordination, administration and budgetary oversight of a comprehensive and integrated service delivery system in which County, State and Voluntary not-for-profit agencies deliver mental health, developmental disabilities and chemical dependency services.  The agencies are funded, regulated and/or licensed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and/or Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).  The Mental Hygiene Law governs the delivery of services provided.  In addition, each Office has a set of regulations by which programs under its auspices must be in compliance.