Chemung County Unveils Community-Based Web Site For People With Mental Illness, Mental Retardation Or Substance Abuse Issues, Their Families And Service Providers

May 26, 2005
Network of Care

ELMIRA, N.Y. – Chemung County today introduced a breakthrough Web solution for individuals, families and agencies concerned with mental and emotional wellness. Chemung County Network of Care for Behavioral Health is an online information place that provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health services, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system.

Sponsored by an innovation grant from the State of California in partnership with the Chemung County Department of Mental Hygiene, Network of Care for Behavioral Health (www.networkofcare.org) is a pilot program for New York State and the nation. Regardless of where individuals, families and agencies begin their search for assistance with behavioral health issues, Network of Care ensures they will find what they need. The new Web site will enable people to find the right service at the right time; educate themselves about their issues; understand current policy initiatives and advocate directly to elected officials, and better manage their affairs, interactions and important records.

The Network of Care provides a comprehensive Service Directory of the approximately 80 service providers in Chemung County, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries and vital information about specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning mental health, mental retardation and substance abuse.

To increase accessibility and accommodate Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant and Bobby-approved. Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.

Service providers can share challenges and ideas, as well as create powerful new mechanisms to better serve people with mental illness, mental retardation and substance abuse, by embracing Network of Care’s communication tools such as message boards and community calendars.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains Network of Care and all of the other California Network of Care Web sites, including Network of Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities, currently serving one-third of California’s population; Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health, now serving counties in several states; Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5), and Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18). Based on requests from across the nation, Trilogy is also developing Network of Care sites for developmental disabilities, domestic violence, and community health.

Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, plans to serve the entire State of California via Network of Care by the end of 2005. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.