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Tompkins County Whole Health

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THE TOMPKINS COUNTY Health Department and Mental Health Department have integrated to become Tompkins County Whole Health.

OUR MISSION is to build a healthy, equitable community in Tompkins County by addressing the root causes of health disparities and integrating mental, physical and environmental health. (See the About page for more detail.)

Both locations, 201 East Green St. and 55 Brown Rd., serve clients for many Whole Health programs.

Children & Youth

RAISING a family takes a village. At Tompkins County Whole Health, we offer a variety of services to support the care of children, youth, and their families. Programs provide care and support before, during and after pregnancy. Post-partum programs provide on-going maternal health care and support children in their growth and development with options such as nutrition education and breastfeeding counseling, mental health services, speech therapy, and physical therapy. 


IMPROVING health and well-being is a cornerstone of Tompkins County Whole Health. Mental Health services for adults include one-on-one counseling support, medication assisted therapy or management, and group programs. On-site clinics provide immunizations for uninsured and underinsured adults. 

Dial 988 to speak with a counselor 24/7 whenever you or a loved one are in crisis.

Community Programs

TOMPKINS County Whole Health envisions a healthy community for all Tompkins County residents. The Health Promotion Program champions prevention measures that support a healthy lifestyle for every resident both at home and in public places through education and policy. Community health workers go directly to residents and community groups to provide on-going connection and support. Together, we can achieve community wellness.

Environmental Health Permits and Guidance

ENVIRONMENTAL Health supports the community’s overall wellness. The  EH team conducts restaurant and food safety inspections, visits public pools and summer camps to ensure they meet state safety requirements, monitors public water supplies and supervises the installation of septic systems, and regulates sale of tobacco products to reduce sale to minors. They work 24/7, responding to emergency needs such as exposure to rabies or other environmental hazards.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

TOMPKINS County Whole Health embraces the County’s vision for continued education and implementation of DEI initiatives to advance health equity. Our Community Health Improvement Plan identifies health disparities and opportunities to inform programs and services.

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Recent Press Releases


Health Alert: Tompkins County COVID-19 Community Level Shifts to Medium

(1/20/2023) The Tompkins County Health Department is alerting the community to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in our community, that coupled with higher hospitalization numbers, shifts the local CDC Community Level from Low to Medium. TCHD is urging caution, especially for those most at risk for severe illness, though there is no change in official guidance regarding masking at this time.

As is detailed in a press release issued on January 19, 2023, the widely circulating Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 is highly contagious, resulting in an increased spread of disease. The community is urged to keep up to date on vaccinations, wear a high-quality mask when needed, and consider risks when gathering indoors with others.

Additional information and important guidance are in the full press release. Our COVID-19 Data Dashboard is available here.

COVID-19 Update: Changes to COVID-19 Data Reporting; Self-Test Reporting Tool to be Discontinued

(12/20/2022) Beginning Wednesday, December 21, TCHD published a new COVID 19 data dashboard on the website and moved to a weekly reporting system. The updated data dashboard includes hospitalizations, resident deaths, case rate and numbers, vaccination rates, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) community level. These data pull directly from datasets maintained by the NYS Department of Health (DOH) and CDC. NYSDOH data may update automatically when the source updates; CDC data will be updated Fridays. TCWH will post a social media update on Fridays, or if a holiday, on the next business day. For more specific information, including a detailed review of reporting changes for all indicators, please refer to the full press release. Links to data sources are available on the dashboard page.

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Events & Announcements

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Emergency Services

EMERGENCY AND CRISIS CONTACTS FOR 24-HOUR HELP if you or someone you know feels the need to speak with a mental health professional:

  • For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, DIAL 988 1-800-273-8255 
  • Crisis Text Line, text HOME to 741-741. 
  • Ithaca’s Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service hotline, 1-607-272-1616.
  • Veterans Crisis Line, for Veterans and their loved ones, call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, or text 838255.
    Visit for online chat and more. 

NOTICE:  Tompkins County Whole Health makes every effort to post accurate and reliable information. However, it does not guarantee or warrant that the information on this website is complete, accurate, or up-to-date. Tompkins County shall not be liable under any circumstances for any claims or damages arising directly or indirectly from information presented therein. Please contact the program area by phone or the receptionist at 607-274-6600 for more information.