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> Opportunity to Serve on the Tompkins County Mental Health Community Services Board 2020-10-09

 N E W S   R E L E A S E 

Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa — Public Health Director


Friday, October 9, 2020

For more information contact: Samantha Hillson,, (607) 274-6714, or Frank Kruppa, (607) 274-6300

Opportunity to Serve on the Tompkins County Mental Health Community Services Board

(ITHACA, N.Y., October 9, 2020) – The Tompkins County Community Services Board (CSB) has a vacancy and invites interested candidates to apply. The Board encourages individuals to apply who seek public involvement in mental health issues impacting our community.

The CSB is a volunteer board that serves as the governing body for the Mental Health Department. The 15 board members each serve four-year terms. Applicants must be 18 years of age, a resident of Tompkins County, and a U.S. citizen. The Board meets on the first Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m. for approximately one and a half hours at the Mental Health Department, 201 E Green St., Ithaca, or currently via Zoom.

Under New York State law, the CSB is responsible for developing the community preventative, rehabilitative, and treatment services to ensure continuity of care for individuals with mental illness, developmental disabilities, and those experiencing or recovering from substance use disorders. The CSB has 3 subcommittees: Substance Use Subcommittee; Developmental Disabilities Subcommittee; and Mental Health Subcommittee.  

To indicate interest in serving on the CSB, applicants must complete an Advisory Board Application form. The form may be obtained from the County Legislature office, located at the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building (Old Court House), entrance is on the Dewitt Park side of the building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca. The office is currently closed to the public. Please call (607) 274-5434 to make an appointment. The form is also available for download at: form.pdf.

After the application is submitted, candidates may be interviewed prior to recommendation and they must be approved by both the CSB and the County Legislature.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information on the CSB, please contact Frank Kruppa, Mental Health Commissioner, at (607) 274-6300.  To obtain an application form, contact the Legislature office at (607) 274-5434.

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