What: Bassett Healthcare's crisis services for mental health care.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.

Where: Morris Conference Center at the State University College at Oneonta.

Who: Speakers will include Dr. Celeste Johns, chief of psychiatry at Bassett Hospital and director of the crisis center; Julie Andrews, registered nurse and coordinator of crisis counseling; and Karrie Novak, a social worker and transition coordinator and crisis counselor.

Staff Report

Bassett Healthcare staff will review mental health services provided at facilities in Cooperstown.

The goal of the program is to inform the public about the function and purpose of the crisis center, which opened in February.

Speakers will describe services and how they are provided, staff roles and where patients may be referred. Presenters said time will be allotted for questions.

Physicians, social workers and others interested and involved in mental-health care issues have been invited to the meeting, organizers said, and the public is welcome.

The Community Education Project, funded by the state Office of Mental Health, is a collaboration of the National Alliance on Mental Illness_Otsego and Rehabilitation Support Services_Otsego. The program Thursday is co-sponsored by the State University College at Oneonta Counseling, Health & Wellness Center.

Joe Fodero, advocacy chairman for NAMI_Otsego, said the program is free and open to all, and registration isn't required.

The program Thursday was arranged after a request was made through the Mental Health Subcommittee of the Otsego County Community Services Board, officials said.

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