Finger Lakes Clinical Research (FLCR), is a clinical research facility in Rochester, NY, that conducts clinical studies specializing in central nervous system (CNS) trials. These clinical trials encompass a broad range of illnesses including anxiety disorders, ADHD, major depression, bipolar (manic/depressive) illness and schizophrenia. In addition, we have conducted peripheral neuropathy (pain) studies and cancer pain trials.

Thank you for being a hero! Your participation in research gives hope to countless individuals living with mental health disorders.

Below, you will find several advocacy organizations in your area where you and your loved ones can find support and information on your condition.

Finger Lakes Local Advocacy Organizations:

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Your local NAMI Affiliates and volunteer leaders work in communities across the country to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy, and support group programs.

NAMI-Finger Lakes is the Ithaca, NY affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). We seek to:

  • Support families and friends of people diagnosed with major mental illnesses
  • Educate families and the public about mental illness
  • Advocate for families and their ill relative

NAMI-Finger Lakes is a non-profit organization of volunteers, most of whom have loved ones living with mental illness. As a result, we are very familiar with local human services for people experiencing and living in recovery from from mental illnesses. Our volunteers and staff can share their knowledge and experience with you.

NAMI Rochester exists to provide support, education and advocacy to individuals and families of all cultural backgrounds who are living with mental illness. We envision a world where stigma is no longer a barrier to treatment, support is readily available, and mental illness is universally accepted as a treatable medical condition.

NAMI Finger Lakes
1321 Danby Rd
Ithaca, NY 14850-9408
Phone: (607) 273-2462

NAMI Rochester

346 N. Goodman St  

Rochester, NY 14607

Phone: (585) 423-1593


MHA is a powerful voice for healthy communities throughout the nation and offers information, referrals, and resources for individuals living with any type of mental illness. One of MHA’s services includes online screening, which is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.

Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County is a not-for-profit organization that has been promoting mental wellness since 1932!  We foster an environment to build skills and provide support to people who are facing a mental health challenge, empowering them to make informed decisions on their self-directed path to wellness through a variety of programs and services.  We envision a time when the stigma of mental illness will be eliminated and all residents of our community will have access to a full continuum of high quality, easily accessible, and culturally competent mental health services, regardless of ability to pay.

MHA of Rochester/Monroe Counties, Inc.
320 North Goodman St, Suite 202
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone (585) 325-3145

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) changes lives, saves lives and impacts lives, through education, peer support groups and advocacy for those diagnosed with a mental health illnesses and empowers their family and friends to embrace their independence, advocate for improved services, and to love them for who they are. Depression and Bipolar Disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA peer to peer support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. Visit a DBSA support group and get the support that is essential to recovery.

The Mood Disorders Support Group of NY (MDSG-NY) is a chapter of DBSA for NY.

DBSA New York / MDSG

Active Minds empowers students to change the perception about mental health on college campuses. Active Minds supports a network of campus-based chapters across the United States and Canada that are made up of students passionate about mental health advocacy and education. Chapters provide their campuses with a wide range of programming that educates their peers about mental health, connects students to resources, and aims to change negative perceptions about mental health disorders.  Active Minds chapters are changing the way students address mental health and giving a voice to this important issue. Learn more at

Below are the local active chapter contacts around the Finger Lakes New York Region:

Ithaca College –
Ithaca High School –
Finger Lakes Community College –

Action for a Better Community is a Community Action Agency that promotes and provides opportunities for low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient. Services: health services, mentoring, family development, education on STDs, alcohol & addiction services, immigration, teen after school programs, and more.



Action for a Better Community

400 West Ave.

Rochester, NY 14604

Phone: (585) 325-5116

AFSP Western New York focuses on eliminating the loss of life from suicide by: delivering innovative prevention programs, educating the public about risk factors, and warning signs, raising funds for suicide research and programs, and reaching out to those individuals who have lost someone to suicide.

As a part of AFSP’s growing nationwide network of chapters, we bring together people from all backgrounds who want to prevent suicide in our communities. Families and friends who have lost someone to suicide, vulnerable individuals, mental health professionals, clergy, educators, students, community/business leaders, and many others energize our chapter.


AFSP Western New York

Tiffany Rollek

Area Director, Western New York

Phone: (585) 202-2783


Anthony L. Jordan Health Center offers: Behavioral Health, Dentistry, Family Medicine, Mammography & X-ray, Optometry, Pharmacy and Lab Services, Prevention and Primary Care, Hepatitis C Testing and Treatment, Prep, HIV Treatment Adherence Services, Refugee Health, Urgent Care.



Monday and Thursday 8:30 A.M. – 8 P.M.

Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Friday 8:30 A.M. – 5 P.M.

Anthony L. Jordan Health Center

82 Holland St 

Rochester, New York 14605

Phone: (585) 423-5800

DePaul is a progressive, private not-for-profit organization founded in 1958 that provides services in the following areas:

  • Addiction Prevention and Support Services
  • Affordable Housing
  • Mental Health Residential
  • Senior Living Communities
  • Support Programs
  • Vocational Programs


1931 Buffalo Road

Rochester, NY 14624

Phone: (585) 426-8000

His Branches, Inc. operates as a non-profit community health center for all ages with neighborhood-based clinics in the 19th Ward and Beechwood communities in Rochester, NY. Our goal is to bring hope, healing and restoration to our patients and neighbors through medical care and community development.

Walk-In Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-12pm

Accessible by RTS Bus Route #17


His Branches, Inc.

340 Arnett Boulevard 

Rochester, NY 14619

Phone: (585) 235-2250


Joseph’s Place (JP) is a small food pantry serving residents living in the Cathedral neighborhood who experience food insecurity.  JP first opened its doors in March 2015.  It is a client choice food pantry, meaning each guest (client) can make their own food choices according to our distribution guidelines.  Guests are allowed to visit our food pantry once per month. An appointment is required.

The food pantry is open 3 Wednesdays each month, currently serving up to 40 families each time we are open. 

Food is distributed the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Wednesday of each month, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To obtain an appointment, call (585) 505-7800 during the following times.

Mondays 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am

Joseph’s Place

287 Flower City Park

Rochester, NY 14615

Phone: (585) 505-7800

Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County, Inc. (MHA) is a not-for-profit organization that has been promoting mental wellness since 1932! Through a spectrum of culturally competent programs and services, we foster an environment to build skills and provide support to people who are facing a mental health challenge, empowering them to make informed decisions on their self-directed path to wellness.



Mental Health Association

320 Goodman Street North, Suite 202

Rochester, New York 14607

Phone: (585) 325-3145

The People’s Pantry will help you to choose the foods you prefer, and you can get food right away from us.

We can deliver food to you: if you need food and if you are unable to leave your house, due to the current public health emergency. In addition to food, we can usually offer diapers (baby and adult), feminine products, and dog or cat food. Personal hygiene items may be available in limited quantities. For Food Pickup, we are open 9:00 am to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. We deliver food on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.


The People’s Pantry 

555 Avenue D
Rochester, NY 14621

Contact: (585) 325-4950


RF Mission is an open site, serving anyone who lives within Monroe County. The food pantry is open, Monday through Thursday, 9:00am – 2:00pm. Stop by if you need assistance. Photo I.D. is required. For additional information, we can be reached at 585-436-7523.

Hidden Treasures Clothing Room is a boutique-style room filled with men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and accessories, free of charge. We serve individuals who have needs as a resulted from the loss of a home from a disaster (such as a fire) or financial challenges from the loss of income, such as unemployment.

We are an open site, serving anyone who lives within Monroe County. The clothing room is open, Monday and Tuesday, 10:00am – 1:00pm by appointment. Call (585-436-7523) if you need assistance. Photo I.D. is required.

We provide counseling that may include depression, anxiety, relationship, or family issues. This service is provided in person, via phone or Zoom.  All counselors are licensed.

We are an open site, serving anyone who lives within Monroe County. The Counseling Center is open, Monday through Thursday. Please, contact us at 585-436-7523 if you need assistance. Photo I.D. is required.


RF Mission

388 Tremont Street

Rochester, NY 14608 

Phone: (585) 436-7523

Spiritus Christi believes everyone should have access to mental health care and support regardless of their insurance status or income. Our volunteer staff of therapists, social workers, advocates and wellness practitioners helps people get the care they need to live safe, healthy, less stressful lives. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: We are currently offering telehealth  and in-person appointments.

Monday, 10 am to 3 pm

Tuesday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm

Some early evening times are available

Sessions by appointment only


Spiritus Christi

121 North Fitzhugh Street

Rochester, New York 14614

Phone: (585) 325-1186

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center offers: 

  • Primary Health Care
  • Physical Examinations
  • Work Physicals
  • School Physicals
  • Specialist Consultations
  • Lab Work
  • Eye and Hearing Screenings
  • Nutrition Education
  • Diabetes Education
  • Smoking Cessation Counseling
  • Gynecology
  • Chiropractic, physical therapy, and therapeutic massage
  • Mental Health Care
  • Individual, family, and group counseling
  • Psychiatry
  • Supportive Services (removing barriers to care)
  • Care Coordination
  • Legal and Financial Counseling
  • Healthcare Access: insurance eligibility screening, application assistance, Medicaid and NYS Exchange Enrollment

Services are by appointment only. Please call for an appointment.

There is a $10.00 to $20.00 fee for most services, a $30 fee for complete physicals for new clients, a $50 fee for work physicals, required lab work incurs an additional fee between $5 and $20, and counseling is provided on a sliding scale based on the client’s income. Payment is due at the time of appointment.

St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center

417 South Ave. 

Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: (585) 325-5260

The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.(CPGR) is a nonprofit agency founded on the belief that everyone should enjoy the same health, economic, and social opportunities no matter who they are or where they live. We are a leading neighborhood-based community center, providing a foundation for growth, empowerment and stability for those we serve.

The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc.

57 Central Park

Rochester, NY 14605

Phone: (585) 327-7200


Woodward Health Center SERVICES: Adolescent Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Lab Services, Refugee Health

Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8 A.M. – 5 P.M. Wednesday 8 A.M. – 9 P.M.


Woodward Health Center

480 Genesee St 

Rochester, New York, 14611 

Phone: (585) 436-3040


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This is not a comprehensive list of all Finger Lakes advocacy organizations.  If you know of other advocacy organizations that could be included in this list, please contact us at  Thank you!