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Cortland County appoints new Mental Health Director

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Cortland Legislators this week appointed a new Director of Mental Health, at a special legislative session held Tuesday night (March 17).

“I’m humbled and honored by Cortland’s appointment and looking forward to helping, especially during this critical time of need,” MacDougall said.

Sharon MacDougall arrives to the county after serving more than 25 years in mental healthcare and social service.

That included the past four in Tompkins County, where she most recently served as Mental Health Deputy.

Her experience in mental health clinical, quality, and program coordination spans more than a decade, according to a release by Clerk of the Legislature Eric Mulvihill.

A native of Genoa, NY, MacDougal now lives with her family in Ithaca, where she attended Cornell University and graduated with three masters’ degrees in Healthcare Leadership (MSW; MBA; MS) and a Clinical Licensure (LCSW-R).

County officials described MacDougall as “an experienced and caring clinician, dedicated public servant, advocate of mental health and substance use treatment needs, and health system integration leader.”

She brings with her to Cortland a network of regional partnership, having worked with leadership with the Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors (CLMHD), Southern Tier Regional Planning Consortium (RPC), NYS OMH Suicide Prevention Council, and the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins.

Recognizing the changes in healthcare models of care and reimbursement, she returned to college recently to complete her MBA & MS in Healthcare Leadership at Cornell.

“I’m looking forward to offer my unique combination of healthcare advocacy, education, experience, and skills to Cortland.”

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