Community Services

Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services The first responsibility is the planning of services for all three disabilities: * Mental Health * Drug & Alcohol * Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities The second primary function of the department is directly providing a continuum of Mental Health Services to residents of the County. Phone: 716-373-8040 (Olean Counseling), 716-373-8080 (Olean Guidepost Day Treatment Program), 716-373-0980 (Case Management), 716-945-5211 (Salamanca Counseling Center), 716-353-8241 (Machias), 716-372-8287 (Allegany), 716-352-3325 (Gowanda), 716-492-6300 ext 1226 (Yorkshire) Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday Hours: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Who will staff the Continuing Day Treatment program?

The staff at the Guidepost includes Administrative staff, a Psychiatrist, a Social Worker, 3 Registered Nurses, 2 Rehabilitation Specialists, 1 Recreation Therapist, 2 Recreation Aides, a Case Manager and support staff. A probation Officer will work closely with The Guidepost and will be a member of the Treatment Team.

What will the Continuing Day Treatment program do for the individual?

The program will provide a psychiatric assessment and an individualized treatment plan that will address identified deficits. There will be case management services that will ensure the individual has all of the support services necessary for them to be successful in the community; e.g., housing, Medicaid, food, transportation, etc.

Who is not appropriate for the Continuing Day Treatment program?

Any person who is considered a poor risk in the community; e.g., considered violent, a person who has committed a serious crime and is more appropriately housed in jail.

Who is appropriate for the Continuing Day Treatment program?

To qualify, a person MUST have an Axis I diagnosis. This means that the individual must have a mental illness which has been diagnosed by a psychiatrist. Some of the most common diagnosis that are appropriate include Schizophrenia, Major Depression, and Bipolar Mood Disorder. These individuals would be more appropriately places in a treatment program rather than jail. They will not be a threat to the community and they will have functional deficits which can be addressed by the CDT.


The Department of Community Services has two primary responsibilities: 

The first responsibility is the planning of services for all three disabilities: Read more

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