Niskayuna Mental Health Initiative

A new initiative is being launched in Niskayuna that is the first of its kind in New York State.

It’s called “Nisky Connects” and it aims to improve access to mental health services and social needs programs for its residents. The program connects residents with a referral network of over 580 organizations across 22 counties in New York State. People with needs such as food, housing, utilities assistance. transportation and health care are connected to local organizations that are ready and willing to help.

Residents can access Nisky Connects by contacting program coordinator Dottie Gillen in person, at the Niskayuna Town Hall, Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Except, that is, on the first and third Tuesdays of each month when she will directly support residents at the Town Senior Center mornings from 9:00AM until 11:00 AM. Individuals can also call Gillen’s direct phone line (518) 386-4527 and complete a referral over the phone. According to program administrators, residents can expect to be contacted by an organization that can help within three days.