Mental Health/Health

Services for Mental Health Counseling & General Health Concerns

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Hours: Monday – Friday
9:30AM – 11:45AM
Address: 27 Grand Street, Kingston, NY (parking lot across the street)
Walk-ins and drive-thru accepted.
Schedule an appointment: No need to call your primary care physician or have a note from your physician to be tested. Individuals seeking a COVID-19 test should call 845-303-2730. The phone hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends.

At Ulster and Ellenville collection sites are ONLY for pre-screened people who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • You called your doctor’s office and had a consultation
  • Based on your symptoms and other information you provided, your doctor determined that you meet criteria for COVID-19 testing, and ordered a test for you
  • You have a scheduled appointment at the collection site


Rite Aid COVID-19 Testing
Address: 351 Flatbush Avenue, Kingston
The Testing will operate under the following guidelines:

  • Testing will be free of charge to patients.
  • Testing is still by appointment only via
  • Rite Aid recently expanded its testing criteria. Testing will include all individuals over the age of 18 with or without symptoms.
  • A Rx from a doctor or health care provider will not be required.
  • Instead of using tents located in our parking lots like previously done, patients will arrive and come through the pharmacy drive through where they will receive a test kit through the drive through drawer. Testing will be completed in the confines of the patient’s car, sealed by the patient, and then handed back to the Rite Aid pharmacists through the drawer. Alternatively, some sites may use a drop box type kiosk for testing to be deposited and collected by Rite Aid personnel to minimize contact.
  • Rite Aid will be utilizing the self-swab nasal tests.
  • Clinical oversight for the COVID-19 testing program is provided by PWNHealth, a national clinician network that enables safe and easy access to diagnostic testing.
  • Rite Aid has partnered with Verily and will use its Baseline COVID-19 Program to provide screening, scheduling, and return of results to participants at Rite Aid testing sites.
  • Bio-Reference Labs will be doing the testing and reporting all results to NYDOH and County Health Departments.
  • At present, each site will have the ability to conduct 50 -100 tests per day.


Hours: Monday – Saturday
8:30AM – 3:30PM
Address: 300 Enterprise Dr. Kingston, NY 12401 [map/directions]
Schedule an appointment (If you have an order for a COVID-19 test): (845) 443-8888

Hours: Monday – Friday
9:00AM – 2:00PM
Address: 10 Healthy Way, Ellenville, NY 12428 [map/directions]

To contact Ellenville Hospital regarding a COVID-19 test, call 845-647-6400 ex. 269.

Any individual who does not have a primary care physician, should contact the Ulster County COVID-19 Hotline at: (845) 443-8888

For more information on Ulster County’s Mobile Testing Site