Albany County Department of
175 Green Street | Albany, NY 12202
Phone: (518) 447-4537 | Fax: (518) 447-4577
Psychiatric Crisis Services: (518) 549-6500
Stephen J. Giordano, Ph.D., Director

Community Services Board

Community residents who have an interest in services for the mentally disabled are welcome to attend meetings of the Community Services Board and its three subcommittees on mental health, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and alcoholism and substance abuse.

The Community Services Board is made up of 15 members appointed by the County Legislature. Board members are professionals in the field or have interest in services for the mentally ill and disabled. The board recommends and suggests to the Legislature and County Executive a program of community mental health services and facilities and adopts rules and regulations concerning the condition or operation of services and facilities in the community mental health program.

The subcommittee for mental health; mental retardation and developmental disabilities; and alcoholism and substance abuse are composed of persons who have an interest in the field of services, former or current users of mental health services, parents or relatives of those with mental disabilities and representatives of community agencies serving these particular populations. Each subcommittee advises the Community Services Board on all of its policy-making functions and annually evaluates the local services plan for the population it serves.


Meeting Schedules

Please call (518) 482-5744 to confirm meeting dates

Albany County Community Services Board
Second Thursday of each month, 5:15 pm
Council of Community Services of NYS, Inc.
272 Broadway, Menands

Subcommittee on Developmental Disabilities
In partnership with the Albany County Department of Mental Health and the Capital District Developmental Disabilities Service Organization
Third Tuesday of the month, 6:00-8:00pm
Call (518) 447-4537 for location.
Chair: Bonita Sanchez, LMSW, Albany
(518) 438-5150 or

If you live in Albany County and receive or provide MRDD services, are a family member of a consumer of MRDD services and/or are interested in this service area, the MRDD Committee encourages you to attend one or more of the public MRDD meetings. It is the hope of the Committee to expand the planning process for MRDD services in a way that is inclusive and comfortable.

Subcommittee on Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Third Thursday of the month, 8:30-10:00am
175 Green Street, Director's Conference Room
Chair: Lewis Krupka, Guilderland
w (518) 356-1012 | h (518) 356-2258 |

Any agency or individual is welcome to attend without prior notice. Anyone wishing to have an item or issue placed on the Sub-Committee's meeting agenda must contact Deb Rhoades at (518) 447-4663, at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date.

Subcommittee on Mental Health
Second Thursday of the month, 5:15pm
Council of Community Services of NYS, Inc.
272 Broadway, Menands
Chair: E. Nancy Wiley, Albany
(518) 482-5744

Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy