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Tompkins County Whole Health

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 If there is anyone in imminent danger, dial 9-1-1. Additional contacts.

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Mental health and public health buildings side by side

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: Safety Reminders for the Solar Eclipse (April 8, 2024)

(4/3/2024) Tompkins County Whole Health (TCWH) is reminding the community of important safety guidance regarding the upcoming solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, April 8, 2024. The eclipse is expected to begin at approximately 2:00 pm and end by 4:30 pm, with the full total eclipse occurring in our area between 3:15 pm-3:30 pm.

While Tompkins County falls outside of the “zone of totality,” the safety guidance remains the same, as the impact of looking at the sun while in a partial eclipse will still be damaging to the eyes without proper safety equipment. If your eyes are exposed to the sun without the appropriate protection, it can cause “eclipse blindness,” which can temporarily or permanently damage your eyes.

To keep your eyes protected:

  • Do not look directly at the sun during the eclipse.
  • Sunglasses will NOT protect your eyes.
  • Certified eclipse glasses are available for free, while supplies last, at all Tompkins County libraries.
  • If you wear eyeglasses, wear the eclipse glasses on top of your regular glasses.
  • Learn about indirect viewing techniques

Additional information and important precautions are in the full press release.


Whole Health Releases 5-Year Unintentional Fatal Overdose Data

(3/19/2024) Tompkins County Whole Health (TCWH) has published data on Unintentional Fatal Overdoses (2019-2023) in order to demonstrate trends and provide relevant demographic information about those who died from drug overdose during the last five years. Medical Examiner records identify an unintentional fatal overdose as an immediate cause of death.

The charts available on the Tompkins County Whole Health website show the total yearly deaths, 2019-2023, the months in which deaths occurred, and include demographics including age, education level, location of death, and occupation, marital status, veteran status, and whether or not the individual was hospitalized within the two months prior to death.

“Our goal is to help the community better understand the ongoing overdose crisis, potential solutions, and opportunities for more targeted interventions,” stated Whole Health Commissioner Frank Kruppa

Additional information and statements are in the full press release.


Health Alert: Tompkins County Environmental Health Seeks Information About a Dog Bite on Highland Avenue (City of Ithaca)

(3/12/2024) TCWH Environmental Health must locate a dog in connection with a dog bite incident.

  • Incident date: Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at approximately 1:00 PM
  • Location: Highland Avenue, near Westbourne Lane, in the City of Ithaca
  • Dog description: Medium sized black dog with short, thick hair and upright ears on an orange leash.
  • Detail: The dog was accompanied by a person presenting as a woman with shoulder length, light colored hair, wearing a faded dark green coat, and a second dog described as white with brown and black spotting, thick, short coat and upright ears of a similar size to the black dog.

Anyone with information regarding this dog is urged to call Environmental Health at (607) 274-6688, 24/7. Additional info in the full press release.


COVID-19 Update: Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Recommended for Older Adults, Immunocompromised

(3/7/2024) In recent updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine schedule for older adults (ages 65 and above), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people ages 65 years and older should receive 1 additional dose of any updated (2023–2024 Formula) COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., Moderna, Novavax, Pfizer-BioNTech) at least 4 months following their previous dose of updated COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 6 months and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised may get additional updated COVID-19 vaccine doses 2 or more months after they have received their last recommended COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 vaccine is available at local healthcare providers and local pharmacies. To find a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, go online to vaccines.gov or speak to your healthcare provider. If you need assistance with finding or scheduling a vaccine appointment, please contact 211 (1-877-211-8667).

COVID-19 vaccine is available at TCWH’s on-site immunization clinic for those who are eligible (children under age 19 with Child Health Plus or Medicaid, and both children and adults who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover the costs of the vaccine.) Call our office to learn more and to schedule an appointment: 607-274-6604.

Additional information, guidance, and statements are in the full press release.


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Events & Announcements


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.