Adult Mental Health

Home and Community Based Services

Program serves adults with a chronic mental illness.  The program is run by Catholic Charities of Oswego County.  The focus of the program is on wellness and recovery from mental illness.  Staff assists clients in gaining independent living skills through education and instruction.  Providing a supportive and educational environment for clients to thrive and gain the necessary skills to achieve a greater healthy independence within the community.

  • Supports participants in their recovery
  • Increase Self-esteem
  • Outreach
  • Combat the stigma of mental illness
  • Socialization
  • Maintain Independence
  • Life skills
  • Promotes wellness
  • Increase group affiliation

Job Skills Training: The Job readiness Training Program is a volunteer, part-time work program that combines work, job skills training, career development assistance through job coaching, and supportive services. to help individuals to attain the abilities and experience to obtain a paid entry-level job in the community workforce. The Job Readiness Training program is open to any adult diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis.                                                                                                          

Individuals can:

  • Learn new skills which will transfer to a new work environment
  • Gain real work experience to build confidence
  • Establish a positive work record with documentation
  • Gains supports during the transition from the program to a community based work experience.

    Peer Advocacy: Peer Advocates are people who are role models that have “lived experience” and prove recovery is possible. Peers are there to support clients so that they do not feel alone. Advocates work individually with people to meet their self-defined recovery goals by: providing information on available services and choices, while having an under-standing of mental health issues from a peer perspective.

    Goals: Peer Advocates can help clients identify and remove barriers to their recovery enhancing the quality and security of their lives. The Peer program can assist with skill development that help guide people toward an independent life they chose to achieve.  

    Peer Advocates Can:

    • Attend an appointment with a client (Doctor, DSS, Service Provider, etc.)
    • Meet with a client in their home or the community
    • Assist clients to understand and set up transportation options
    • Assist clients to seek and obtain benefits and entitlements, food, shelter, housing, etc.
    • Assist clients to fill out and understand forms and applications
    • Assist clients to find and establish supports and connecting with self-help groups in the community
    • Assist clients to develop a crisis diversion or relapse prevention plan



Drop in Center Locations and Hours:

Tuesday: Oswego: St. Mary’s Church 103 W 7th Street (Former Convent Bldg.) 10:00am–3:00pm Closed 12:00-1:00pm

Thursday: Catholic Charities 365 W 1st St Fulton 10:00am–3:00pm Closed 12:00-1:00pm


Jessica Brown
Lee Ann Haggard 256-4951
Bob Haynes 236-3734
Phillip Laux:  341-8874
Karen Moore:   263-7122
Kristin Nilsen:  317-2983