Mental Health/Health

Services for Mental Health Counseling & General Health Concerns

Taking care of mind, body and spirit has become even more crucial than usual in 2020. Multiple stressors born in times of crisis can reveal how important it is to prioritize one’s own well-being. Here is a comprehensive list of resources and tools — culled from colleges and other organizations — for anyone hoping to improve their mental health.

Mental health is an undeniably important matter, yet most people don’t have access to the resources they need when they need help. Social Work License Map, has compiled a comprehensive list of resources for anyone seeking information about and/or help for a range of mental health issues.

The list spans diagnostic tools, research portals, government organizations, nonprofits, blogs, and phone hotlines devoted to addressing issues ranging from general mental illnesses and disorders such as autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse, to the specific needs of diverse populations, including LGBTQ youth, minorities, women, and veterans.

To see the list:

This document by the CDC is intended to address frequently asked questions about cloth face coverings. Find out why, who, and how…

Six New Yorkers. Six weeks. Coping together.

New Yorkers are coping with a lot. Coping Circles are free six-week support and resilience groups, held by video or phone, facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.

Learn more and sign up at for a Coping Circle, including specialized Circles for Healthcare Workers and First Responders, Survivors of COVID-19 Infection, Job Loss due to COVID-19, or Loss of a Loved One to COVID-19.

Feeling stressed by the COVID-19 epidemic? You are not alone. Call the NYS Emotional Support Helpline 7 days a week, 8am-10pm at 1-844-863-9314.

Couponchief offers a unique list of employment resources and money saving tips to benefit people who may be worried about the uncertainty resulting from this crisis. This info that can help affected workers get through this difficult time.

If you find yourself uninsured and have no access to affordable healthcare, CIGNA and Express Scripts has rolled out a program called Parachute RX, during this pandemic.  This is a way to lower your costs on certain generic medications and select brand name medications.

Extra prescription savings for extraordinary times:

Express scripts is launching a temporary new savings program to maintain prescription compliance

Deep discounts on thousands of drugs:

 Express Scripts Parachute Rx, offers deep discounts on thousands of widely used prescription medications

– Caps costs at $25 for a 30-day supply of select generics, and $75 for a 30-day supply of select brand-name medications.

– Medication delivered to their home from Express Scripts Pharmacy® or at more than 55,000 participating pharmacies.

This is not health insurance: You will not require an enrollment fee or commitment to participate

Find out more about the program at Parachute RX

National Harm Reduction Coalition features harm reduction strategies such as needle exchanges and provides information to help people identify, respond, and prevent overdoses.

All private insurance plans are required to cover COVI-19 treatments and vaccines and all coronavirus tests for free.

For answers to FAQ regarding Health Insurance during the COVID-19 crisis visit Assemblyman Kevin Cahill’s FAQ page.

Pharmacy Deliveries

Chain Pharmacies Offering Free Delivery in Ulster County

Call your local location for additional information

  • Duane Reade, Inc/Walgreens
  • Hannaford Bros Co
  • Kinney Drugs, Inc.
  • Price Chopper Supermarkets/ Market 32
  • Rite Aid Corporation
  • Stop & Shop
  • Tops Markets
  • Walmart 1-800-2-REFILL (1-800-273-3455)


Local Pharmacies Offering Delivery

Contact local store for delivery area and other details.

  • Catskill Pharmacy- Kerhonkson 845-626-0900
  • Matthew’s Pharmacy- Ellenville 845-647-6222
  • Port Ewen Pharmacy- Port Ewen 845-331-4229
  • Nekos-Dedricks Pharmacy- Kingston 845-338-8000
  • Saugerties Pharmacy- Saugerties 845-246-5649
  • Woodstock Apothecary- Woodstock 845-679-0790

Continuous news coverage about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is creating worry and anxiety for people across the globe. How can you be better prepared to cope with the crisis?

On today’s Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Dr. Beth Rush, a Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist, shares ideas for taking care of your mental health and finding comfort amidst the uncertainty.

Click to listen.

Over 6000 mental health professionals have volunteered their time to provide free emotional support, consultation and referral to a provider, call 1-844-863-9314

To aid individuals and communities during this time, MHA has compiled a range of resources and information.
Click to see resources page

National Disability Institute (NDI) understands the devastating impact COVID-19 will have on the financial and personal health of people with disabilities and those with chronic health conditions, as well as their families and communities. This website provides you with trusted answers to your questions, including assistance to help you manage your finances. Our partnership with LifeCents gives you access to free online financial wellness training, while AFCPE offers you free professional financial counseling. The Financial Resilience Center was developed by NDI with generous funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation.

Individuals who enroll in Qualified Health Plans through NY State of Health or directly through insurers between March 16 and April 15, 2020 will have coverage effective starting April 1, 2020. Individuals who are eligible for other NY State of Health programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round. Call 1-855-355-5777 for more information.

The Institute for Family Health offers Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to patients with opioid dependence as a part of primary care. Behavioral Health treatment is also available within an integrated model. Services are currently being provided via telehealth (video and phone).

The Institute is accepting new patients.  Anyone 18 years of age and older seeking to initiate MAT at the Institute for Family Health may reach out to our Kingston-based, bi-lingual MAT Care Coordinator, Julian Mercado, at 917-359-6479.  

Hotline helps people talk through crisis situations & provides general support. 100% peer-run: people with their own lived experience with mental/behavioral health issues, recovery, & moving towards wellness. Confidential.  845-452-2728 x607

Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. To contribute to a sense of calm in this uncertain time, we are offering free 30-minute online meditations four times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers, starting Monday, March 23. These free sessions are appropriate for all levels of practitioners. All are welcome! No previous experience is required.

Join the sessions here:

Mondays and Fridays from 12:15 to 12:45 pm, meditation led by Aparna Sadananda
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:15 to 12:45pm, meditation led by Philip Bender

Comprehensive Substance Use Recovery Resource List– Updated Bi-Weekly. Compiled by: Ellenville Regional Hospital, Rural Health Network

Stop A Suicide Today is a helpful website that provides information for individuals that are experiencing suicidal thoughts.

COVID-19 has increased stress and anxiety for everybody, and people with pre-existing mental health concerns are particularly vulnerable.

As of Mon., March 23rd, a Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care is now available.  Therapy, psychiatry, and peer support services will be available by phone and through telemedicine, 24/7 to adults and children, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.  For help, call 888-750-2266, option 2.

Ulster County COVID-19 Vaccinations

Ulster County vaccination plan includes using the Kate Walton Field House at Kingston High school as the primary site for receiving the shots will be open 7 days a week beginning January 11. Officials will begin injecting by appointment only and initially only to those eligible under Phase 1 of the state’s phased distribution  (healthcare workers, EMTs, senior living facility staff and residents). The gym will have 25 vaccination stations as well as a waiting area for 80 people. For those on the southern part of the county, a second site at Ellenville Regional Hospital will be opening on January 14.


For more information and questions, please visit our Ulster County COVID-19 Vaccination Resource Center, or call the Recovery Service Center at 845-443-8888.

Mental Health Tips

During this anxious time of dealing with isolation and concern due to COVID-19, this resource from the Institute for Disaster Mental Health has suggestions that can help you better deal with the isolation and uncertainty of the current situation.



New York Times article: “10 Ways to Ease Your Cornavirus Anxiety”

IDMH Tip Sheet: COVID-19 Coping as the Pandemic Continues

IDMH Tip Sheet: Managing Relationships Under Stay at Home Orders

COVID-19 Testing Sites

3732 US Highway, Rte 9W, Highland
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