Erie County Department of Mental Health

Erie County Department of Mental Health Administers & coordinates countywide integrated system of community-based mental health services.


Make food safety part of your Thanksgiving meal.

Keep foods separate. This reduces the risk of contamination from bacteria like salmonella and listeria. Raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread these bacteria to ready-to-eat food unless you keep them separate. Those bacteria can cause severe illness, especially for pregnant people, very young children, older adults, and people with chronic or acute medical conditions.

Use separate cutting boards or plates for raw meat, poultry, and seafood and a separate cutting board or plate for produce, bread, and other foods that won’t be cooked.

Wash cutting boards and food preparation surfaces completely, with soap and hot running water. Use separate cutting boards and work surfaces for meats and seafood.

Cook meats and eggs to the recommended safe internal temperature. Take the time to check internal temperatures with a food thermometer. Don’t rely on your eyes or touching the food with your finger. Chart with safe internal temperatures for meats, seafood, casseroles and leftovers:

Make sure hot foods stay hot and cold foods stay cold. The “danger zone” for bacteria growth is between 40°F and 140°F.

Store your leftovers within two hours in the refrigerator or freezer; use small containers for faster cooling. Reheat leftovers to at least 165°F before serving. CDC has a cold food storage chart with recommendations to keep foods from spoiling – and when to throw those foods away.

Wash your hands thoroughly and often using soap and running water.

Think before you drink (alcohol). Many holiday celebrations include alcohol. Guests and hosts should know their limits. If hosting a dinner or party, have non-alcoholic beverages readily available. Never drink and drive a vehicle, and make sure guests get home safely with a designated non-drinking driver, a cab or ride-share service, or have a plan for guests to stay overnight.

Pregnant people are at higher risk for food-borne illness. Pregnant people should avoid foods or drinks made with raw or unpasteurized milk, including soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk like queso fresco.


Are you ready for the busiest travel season of the year? While most areas will see some type of precipitation Tuesday into Wednesday, it doesn’t look like it’s going to be as bad as some forecasts were predicting late last week. Remember to check your local forecast before any travel and stay informed this winter with . Get the latest travel conditions and road closures online at


The ReadyErie preparedness app is available for Erie County residents to make and share emergency plans, as well as receive information from Erie County during emergencies. Download this free app: Apple Droid *Get and share the ReadyErie Information Sheet and Download Instructions Unveiled September...


at to find a farmer near you with local Christmas trees.

To earn Erie Grown Passport points, for a chance to win prizes, make sure to note the date and take a picture. If you haven't enrolled yet, there's still time. The contest ends 12/31/23. Sign up at


Winter's coming! Are you prepared? One of the best ways is to keep your gas tank full. While there are good mechanical reasons to fill-up regularly, a full tank could save your life if you get stranded in a winter .

More prep tips at:

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services
Erie County Sheriff's Department


Two weeks from Saturday! New parents, join us for a free community baby shower for some great resources. RSVP by 11/25 👶💙🩷


Frozen Congregate Meals are a great way to ensure that you or your loved one has access to hot, nutritious meals. Simply, thaw, reheat, and enjoy. Call 716-858-7639 for additional information. Must be 60 year of age or older to participate.
A $3/per meal contribution is suggested but not required. Contributions are confidential.


Good News! The latest predictions from our meteorological partners at US National Weather Service Buffalo NY and State University of New York at Albany indicate no lake effect snow later this week. Instead, rain mid-week and then drier conditions are expected for Thanksgiving.

See latest briefing from the NWS below ⬇️


Erie Path is a free digital resource connecting parents and caregivers with mental health and behavioral resources for school-age children and families.

The Erie County Department of Mental Health and Live Well Erie guided the development of the Erie Path app. County services like Mental Health First Aid training and the Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs program are included alongside clinical treatment centers, substance use disorder counseling, community activities and more. Resources are searchable and organized by category, along with informational resources on thousands of topics.

The app is available for Android and iPhone devices, and the content can be viewed in multiple languages.

This new platform also makes available resources for adult mental and behavioral health services, information for housing, employment, childcare, food pantries, medical care, social services and senior services that can benefit adults and caregivers.


Open enrollment closes December 7th. Our Insurance Resource Center can provide you with the non-biased information you need to help you choose the insurance that best meet your medical needs. We can also help determine your eligibility for Medicare Savings Programs. Counseling is free. Call us today at 716-858-7883.


The holiday season can be difficult for some, but we're here for you - 24/7/365. Text 988 whenever you need someone to talk to.


Are you ready for winter? If you don't have the below items in your car you probably aren't.

Make sure your car is winter ready by building an emergency supply kit NOW.

Hopefully you will never need it but don't take the chance. Get !


Our partners at the University of Albany and the National Weather Service have advised us there is the potential for a significant Lake Effect Snow Storm to hit Erie County late Tuesday or next Wednesday through the Thanksgiving holiday.

There is much uncertainty at this time. Many more updates to be provided in the coming days.

Now is the time to ensure your house and car are ready for a winter storm. Don't wait until the storm hits. Make sure you have food, prescriptions and supplies in these upcoming days.


🍂 It's okay not to be okay. Help is always available if you or someone you love is having a hard time, or for those struggling with mental health or substance use.

🧡 Help yourself & share to help others:


Is your vehicle winter-ready, and does it have the following items? The Car Winter Survival Kit Checklist from the US National Weather Service Buffalo NY includes suggestions for:
- flashlight and batteries
- first aid kit
- snow shovel
- ice scraper with brush
- blankets/sleeping bag
- snacks
- bottled water
- booster cables
- extra clothing - hats, gloves, boots, coats
- sand/kitty litter for traction
- cell phone/charger
- flares/triangles for visibility

Other ideas? Share them in the comments.


Dispose of unused/expired medicines at a local kiosk - find one near you at


Join other caregivers and learn techniques to create joy during difficult moments. See below for registration information.


🗣Calling all CAREGIVERS!!! The Erie County Caregiver Coalition needs a logo and we'd like your help so we are holding a DESIGN CONTEST! 👩‍🎨👨🏽‍💻🎨

1. You must be a caregiver living in Erie County, NY.
2. Submission must be an original design of your own.
3. Design must be digital or something easily converted to digital format (scannable painting, drawing, etc.)
4. Email your submission to: [email protected] and include your name, address, and phone number with design attached as PDF, Word, .png, or .jpg.

Submissions are due by January 1st, 2024. The Winner will receive a prize basket made by members of The Erie County Caregiver Coalition. Contest winner will be announced in our April 2024 Caregiver Community Connection newsletter.


With many of our crews out treating roads, it's a good time for some winter driving safety reminders!


Save the Date! The 2023 edition of Santa Land at Chestnut Ridge Park will be held on Saturday, December 16th from 10AM - 4PM.

Come out and enjoy artisan vendors, carolers, live animals, wood branding, crafts and hayrides to Santa's Workshop!

It's just one more way you can in more than in !


Be this season! Make sure your home is prepared:

- Keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping
- Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
- Stock your pantry with extra food and water



❄️ The NFTA Metro "Winter Ride Guide" is now available! Even during snowstorms, buses & trains usually run. However, if there is a driving ban, or in other extreme circumstances, service may be affected or discontinued.

Get the guide at:

Cc: Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)


Erie County Department of Public Works is hiring! To learn more about our current job postings and how to apply, visit:


Let's Ease the Load! 💙🤍💚 Today, on International Stress Awareness Day, we stand in support of everyone feeling the weight of stress. Together, we can raise awareness, offer support, and promote well-being.

Use the link below to sign up for our FREE Mental Health First Aid Training on Wednesday, November 15th from 9AM-3:30PM. You will learn how to support your mental health and the mental health of those around you!


THIS SUNDAY, November 5th, at the Buffalo Bills ADPRO Sports Training Center! Hands-only (& family-friendly) CPR education & AED training. Sessions are open to the public every 30 minutes, 3 pm – 6 pm during the Buffalo CycleNation ride. See attached graphic for details & links below:

Learn more:
Register at:


Cold weather is around the corner! JFS, along with the other resettlement agencies in the The Refugee Partnership, will be collecting donations of winter gear for our clients. For drop off information please contact David J. at 716.883.1914 x.405 or email at [email protected].


Today is the first day to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help pay for your winter heating bills. You can apply online at or call our Erie County Department of Social Services at 716-858-7644 to requested a printed application.

Learn more about HEAP at


Learn about the process of how you can become eligible for OPWDD supports and services, the types of supports and services available and where you can go to get assistance.

Register an information session on our website:


With Halloween just around the corner, Community Policing Coordinator Lt. Todd McAlister wanted to give some tips on how to have a safe and fun Halloween thi...


🌨️ Buffalo, brace yourselves — winter is coming! ☃️

The Buffalo Common Council is excited to announce our first-ever Winter Preparedness Series. Don't miss this FREE event series across five unique locations across the city!


❄️Receive a must-have winter survival kit filled with useful supplies and tools for winter weather!

🏠 Learn pro tips from trusted local organizations on preparing for the season

🧤 Engage with your fellow community members, and meet your neighbors and community organizations

📲 Supplies are limited! Secure your spot today and register at

🤝 Calling all local organizations: Want to be a winter hero? Sign up at to have your organization participate. We are looking for organizations that can provide information, resources, and materials to help folks better prepare for the winter season.

See you there Buffalo!


Starting next month - Choose Healthy WNY with diabetes - make the choice to improve your health today!

6 VIRTUAL sessions - November 8-December 13, 9-11:30 a.m.
No cost to participate

- Meal planning & healthy eating
- Managing stress & other symptoms
- Problem-solving & decision-making skills
- Fitness & exercise
- Setting goals for improving health
- Effectively communicating with your doctor
- Includes a Free Resource Book and Relaxation CD

Spaces Are Limited! To Sign Up or for more information, call Erie County Senior Services at 716-858-7470 or e-mail [email protected].


Great news: Our Erie Path app is getting national recognition in National Association of Counties' County News!

It is the first of its kind mobile device app to turn to for accurate and up-to-date information about the mental health resources in a community.

Learn more at


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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm




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