Thursday, October 27, 2016
(Albany, NY 9:15am) - The New York State Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors announced that Sullivan County’s Division of Health and Family Services Commissioner, Joseph A. Todora, MSW, LMSW, is the new Chair of the NYS Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors.
Most recently, Commissioner Todora served as First-Vice Chair of the Conference and assumes the role of Chair this week replacing Scott LaVigne (Seneca County) who has accepted a new position out of state. “I am excited for the opportunity to serve as the NYS Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors Chairman,” states Commissioner Todora. “The leadership and membership of the Conference will continue to advocate for people we serve with mental
illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities so they may live full and productive lives in their communities. The transformation of New York’s behavioral health system is rapidly moving ahead and I look forward to working with my DCS colleagues and our State partners to help shape the implementation of this effort for the better.”
Commissioner Todora not only serves as the Commissioner of Health and Family Services but is also the Director of Community Services (DCS). As such, he is one of five DCSs in the state with the dual roles as DCS and Department of Social Services Commissioner. In addition to his leadership positions in the Conference, Commissioner Todora is a member of the Conference's Finance Committee and the Mental Hygiene Planning Committee and serves as Chairman of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) standing Public Health/Mental Health Resolutions Committee.
“I would like to congratulate Commissioner Todora on his accolades; Sullivan County is proud to have such knowledgeable and skilled individuals such as, Commissioner Todora, working for us,” stated Joshua Potosek, Sullivan County Manager.