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Tompkins County Whole Health

 In Crisis? Dial 9-8-8   Veterans Crisis Line dial 988 then PRESS 1.  
 If there is anyone in imminent danger, dial 9-1-1. Additional contacts.

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Stay Safe in Extreme Heat  

Click Here for Safety Tips || Click here for a list of cooling centers by county.

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THE TOMPKINS COUNTY Health and Mental Health Departments have integrated to become Tompkins County Whole Health.

OUR MISSION is to build a healthy, equitable community in Tompkins County by addressing the root causes of health disparities and integrating mental, physical and environmental health. (See the About page for more detail.)

Both locations, 201 East Green St. and 55 Brown Rd., serve clients for many Whole Health programs.

Families, Children & Youth

RAISING a family takes a village. TCWH services support the care of children, youth, and their families. Programs provide care and support before, during and after pregnancy, and for children in their growth and development, including immunizations, nutrition education and breastfeeding support, mental health services, speech therapy, and physical therapy. 

Adults

Mental health is integral to  well-being. TCWH provides mental health services for adults, including counseling, medication assisted therapy or management, and group programs. On-site clinics provide immunizations for uninsured and underinsured adults. 

Dial 988 to speak with a counselor 24/7 whenever you or a loved one are in crisis.

Community Programs

Whole Health supports a healthy community for all Tompkins County residents. Our programs bring prevention measures to homes and public places through education and policy. Community health workers go directly to residents and community groups to provide on-going connection and support.

Environmental Health Permits and Guidance

ENVIRONMENTAL Health supports overall community wellness and public safety. The Environmental Health team -inspects and issues operating permits for all food served to the public, public pools and summer camps, public water supplies and residential septic systems, clean indoor air, and tobacco retailers to prevent underage sales. They are on call 24/7, responding to emergency needs such as exposure to rabies or other environmental hazards.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

TOMPKINS County Whole Health embraces the County’s vision for continued education and implementation of DEIB initiatives to advance health equity. Our Community Health Improvement Plan identifies health disparities and opportunities to inform programs and services.


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Recent Press Releases

Health Alert: Extreme Heat Advisory In Effect 12 PM Tuesday June 18 Through 8 PM Thursday June 20

(6/17/2024) Tompkins County Whole Health is alerting the community to a Heat Advisory that is in effect for our area, beginning 12:00 PM (NOON) on Tuesday 6/18/2024 through 8:00 PM Thursday 6/20/2024.

Extremely high temperatures coupled with high humidity over multiple days will make this heat wave particularly dangerous. The heat index values, or “real-feel” temperatures, will be in the upper 90s–105 degrees for several days, with little relief from the overnight temperatures. Extreme temperatures can be dangerous to everyone’s health. Take precautions to beat the heat.

Heatstroke is a serious concern in times of extreme heat, especially for people 60 years of age and older, infants and children up to four years of age, people who are pregnant, people who are overweight, and people who are ill, have chronic medical conditions and/ or on certain medications. People who are unhoused, or who do not have air-conditioning (A/C) units in their home, are also at an elevated risk of heatstroke.

TCWH Commissioner Frank Kruppa stated, “Every heat-related illness and death is preventable. You can help prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths by checking on people in your community during periods of extreme heat and, if needed, offering to drive them to an air-conditioned location, such as a local library, the mall, or a community center. A/C is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death, according to the CDC.”

If you do not have access to A/C, please seek out a cooling center. Local centers are listed in the full press release along with precautions to take, signs of heat stroke, and other safety tips.


Health Alert: Monkey Run Natural Area Re-Opened, Caution Still Advised

(6/14/2024) Our press release dated June 4, 2024, reported that the trails in the Monkey Run Natural Area were closed due to reports of multiple attacks to people and dogs by a coyote in this area.

While there is no confirmation that the coyote was rabid, rabies is suspected due to the animal exhibiting unusually aggressive behavior that is characteristic of rabies. Despite continuous efforts, at this time the coyote has not been found.

Cornell Botanical Gardens has re-opened their trails for public access as of June 12th, but we encourage everyone to remain vigilant while using the trails. Staying on the trail and keeping dogs on leashes is required. Report any unusual wildlife behavior in this area to Cornell Police at: 607-255-1111. In case of an emergency while on the trails, please call 911.

Additional information is in the full press release.


Health Alert: Wild Raccoon Kits Kept by Resident in Lansing; Community Urged to Contact Environmental Health Due to Risk of Rabies Exposure

(6/4/2024) TCWH’s Environmental Health Division (EH) is alerting the community that a litter of wild raccoon kits were taken into the home of a resident of the Milton Meadows Apartment Complex (Lansing NY), on or around May 15, 2024. It is believed members of the community may have had multiple exposures to these raccoons, including a group of children at a birthday party reportedly held on May 18, 2024.

EH urges anyone who has been in contact with these raccoons to call our office at 607-274-6688 to determine risk of rabies exposure. EH must locate and interview anyone who has had contact with these raccoons in order to determine if rabies post-exposure treatment is needed.

“It is dangerous and illegal to take wild animals into your home. When you come across injured or abandoned wildlife, please contact Animal Control or a wildlife rehabilitation specialist to retrieve the animal(s) and provide them with safe, proper care,” stated Whole Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa.

Go to the full press release for additional information and resource links.


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Events & Announcements

 
Stay safe during hot weather.

Summertime heat can be dangerous for anyone. Some people are at risk of serious health effects – even death – from getting overheated. Health risks include dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and worsening of health conditions.

 
Prepare for a heat wave:

  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
  • Make sure that you can open your windows and/or that your air conditioner is working properly.
  • Find out where cooling centers are near you, and when they are open.
  • Choose someone that you can call for help or who can check on you.
  • Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about medications that might make you sensitive to the sun or heat.

Overheated?

Heat-related illnesses occur when the body is unable to cool itself. The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke (sun stroke), heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Here are the symptoms and first-aid responses. Click here for a NYSDOH web page of symptoms and first-aid responses.

 
Cooling Centers:

Cooling centers are facilities where you can go to cool off during extreme heat. If a cooling center is not available, libraries, supermarkets, malls, and community swimming pools are great places to stay cool.

Click here for a list of cooling centers by county.

Remember, call before you go! Cooling centers may be closed at certain times or only available during extreme heat events. The phone number and address of each cooling center is provided in the listing. (Compiled by the NYS Department of Health and represents the most up to date information provided by local agencies.)

 
More information:

 



Job OpeningS:
Open seats on the Community Health Services Board. Individuals who want to become involved in mental and behavioral health issues impacting our community are encouraged to apply. More about applying for the CSB is here

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Emergency Services

EMERGENCY AND CRISIS CONTACTS FOR 24-HOUR HELP if you or someone you know feels the need to speak with a mental health professional:

  • For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, DIAL 988 1-800-273-8255 
  • Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741-741. 
  • Ithaca’s Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service hotline, 1-607-272-1616.
  • Veterans Crisis Line, for Veterans and their loved ones, DIAL 9-8-8 then Press 1, or text 838255.
    Visit veteranscrisisline.net for online chat and more. 

 
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NOTICE:  Tompkins County Whole Health makes every effort to post accurate and reliable information. However, it does not guarantee or warrant that the information on this website is complete, accurate, or up-to-date. Tompkins County shall not be liable under any circumstances for any claims or damages arising directly or indirectly from information presented therein. Please contact the program area by phone or the receptionist at 607-274-6600 for more information.