ITHACA, N.Y.—The Tompkins County Mental Health Department announced Feb. 2, 2022, that it is taking new clients following its temporary intake limit announced in Dec. 2021 due to staffing shortages.

Deputy Mental Health Commissioner Harmony Ayers-Friedlander said in a press release that “Our priority is to meet the need in our community, and we greatly appreciate our partners and residents for being patient as we navigate these challenging times. During the past month, we have been able to hire new staff and increase our capacity to receive new clients. We continue to actively recruit therapists to fill open positions. If you know anyone who may be interested, please share the position announcements available on the Human Resources website.” 

The Mental Health Department still has some staffing vacancies it is trying to fill, including openings for licensed clinical therapists, a nurse practitioner in psychiatry and a mental health medical director. The job descriptions and applications can be found here.

Zoë Freer-Hessler

Zoë Freer-Hessler is a general assignment reporter for the Ithaca Voice. She has covered a wide range of topics since joining the news organization in November 2021. She can be reached at