Department of Human Services – Drug & Alcohol Abuse

The Office of Drug & Alcohol Abuse is one of three divisions of the Department of Human Resources.

The office, which is led by Director Dave Sanner under the oversight of Human Services Director John DiMattio, works to make prevention, intervention and treatment services available to the public. The office assures that prevention programs are in place and advocates for client services by coordinating with other service agencies and systems.

The office, working in collaboration with other county departments, has taken a leadership role in fighting the opioid epidemic, including efforts to educate the public, prevent opioid abuse and overdoses, and help addicts receive treatment.

In 2016, the office performed more than 3,000 substance abuse assessments.

Did you know? The most common drugs of choice among the office’s clients in 2016 were alcohol (29 percent), marijuana (26 percent) and heroin (17.5 percent).

Department of Human Services – Office of Children and Youth

The Erie County Office of Children and Youth (OCY) is one of three divisions of the Department of Human Resources.

The office, which is led by OCY Director Lana Rees under the oversight of Human Services Director John DiMattio, aims to protect children and strengthen families. OCY works on assessing and assuring the safety, permanency and well-being of all young people in Erie County.

OCY also oversees the Edmund L. Thomas Adolescent Center and Shelter, which provides a safe environment for children; as well as Child Care Information Services, which provides child-care referrals and, in some cases, child-care subsidies.

Did you know? Last year, OCY investigated more than 5,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect and provided case management services to more than 2,000 children.

Human Services – Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities

The Erie County Department of Human Services consists of three offices: Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities; Children and Youth; and Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The department operates as part of the county executive’s administration and is overseen by the director of administration.

John DiMattio, the director of Human Services, also oversees the Office of Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities (known as MH/ID).

The MH/ID office acts as the administrator of programs, working to assure that all residents of Erie County receive the mental health and intellectual disabilities services they need. The office also administers programs to offer assistance to the homeless.

As part of the role of administrator, the MH/ID office ensures that programs exist to provide support, treatment, housing, and more for those with mental illness or intellectual disabilities.

Did you know? Last year in Erie County, 21,282 clients received a mental health service, and more than 1,900 individuals with an intellectual disability received services.