The merger of the public and mental health departments is almost finalized

TOMPKINS COUNTY, NY—The new Department of Comprehensive Health Care is just a public hearing away from formal establishment, and that public hearing will be scheduled for early November.

Although a merger between the county’s Department of Public Health and Department of Mental Health was approved by the Tompkins County Legislature in 2019, it was put on hold by COVID-19. It got back on track earlier this year and is nearing completion, and a resolution allowing a public hearing to implement the merger passed unanimously at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee. (The meeting can be watched here, and the agenda can be found here.)

“This is the formal process of actually merging the two departments together, and it creates a single new department of comprehensive health,” said Public Health Director Frank Kruppa, adding that the new department “includes much of the same roles and requirements” that two departments , previously held.

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