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Self-Help Resources

Local, State, and national resources on a wide range of topics.

Alcohol and Substance Use

NYS Office of Addiction Services and Support

Need help? Looking for a treatment provider or treatment facility? If you or someone you care about needs help contact 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369).


Alcohol Screening

Is drinking alcohol harming my health now, or will it be harmful to me later in life? Should I stop drinking alcohol? Am I a binge drinker? If you consume alcoholic beverages, it's important to know whether your drinking patterns are safe, risky, or harmful. Answering these questions will take only a few minutes, and will generate personalized results based on your age, gender, and drinking patterns. Your responses are completely confidential and anonymous.


Alcoholics Anonymous 

Alcoholics Anonymous is a voluntary, worldwide fellowship of men and women from all walks of life who meet together to attain and maintain sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership.


Partnership to End Addiction


Child Care and Eldercare

NYS Office of Children and Family Services

Office of Children and Family Services has wide-ranging responsibilities for the provision of services to children, youth, families, and vulnerable adults


Office for the Aging

List of local offices for each county across the State.


Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

Self-service tool that will help determine which assistance programs you may be eligible.


Baby Cafés®

Locate a licensed community-based lactation support group.


Child Care Aware

Locate quality child care and Informational publications for parents seeking child care.


Parent to Parent of NYS

A place where families of individuals with special needs and the professionals who serve them can meet and share information.


Prevent Child Abuse

Site includes Child Abuse Resource Room for kids and parents.


Domestic Violence

NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence

This site contains information about domestic violence and various referral sources including hotlines and NYS organizations.


NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Numerous resource links including County Programs, Safety Plans, DV Handbook and much more.

Financial and Legal Issues

NY’s 529 College Savings Program

This saving plan is designed to help families save for college and their goal is to support financial literacy among all NYS employees.


ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions (formerly Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Central New York)

Provides confidential financial counseling for the North Country, Southern Tier, Capital Region, Central, and Upstate New York.


Consumer Credit Counseling Services of Rochester

Provides confidential financial counseling for Rochester and the surrounding area.


National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Find confidential financial counseling that is closest to your location anywhere in the country


Grief and Bereavement

National Institute of Health

Read an article on coping with grief after loss.


​​​​​​​Hospice Foundation of America

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Find information on addressing grief and loss issues.


​​​​​​​NY Connects

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Listing of grief counseling and bereavement support groups

Health and Wellness

NYS Department of Health

Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention.


AIDS Information National Institutes of Health 

Offering information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.


Alzheimer Association

Offering information on Alzheimer's disease treatment and research.


American Cancer Society

Offering information on Cancer treatment, research, and resources.


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Information for patients and caregivers.


Medicine Net

Family health and wellness information.


The Internet Rx Drug Index

Searchable database of commonly prescribed drugs.

Mental Health Issues

NYS Office of Mental Health

Links to mental health resources.


National Institute of Mental Health

Information on most mental health problems.


Self-Help Sourcebook for Mental Health

Exploring real-life support groups and networks that are available throughout the world and in your community.

Problem Gambling

NYS Office of Addiction Services and Support

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Support has responsibility for problem gambling oversight and services statewide. If you or someone you care about needs help, contact the HOPEline at 1-877-8-HOPENY (1-877-846-7369).



A self-help organization for the spouse, family, or close friends of compulsive gamblers.


Gamblers Anonymous

A self-help organization for compulsive gamblers who desire to stop gambling. There are no dues or fees for membership.


National Council on Compulsive Gambling

A national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. 24-hour confidential helpline: (800) 522-7400.


New York Council on Problem Gambling

24-hour confidential Helpline: 1 (800) 437-1611


Work-Related Concerns


​​​​​​​Search for NYS government job opportunities. 


​​​​​​​Career Mobility Office

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Career Mobility Office (CMO) provides services related to career mobility and retraining to address workforce needs to all New York State employees and agencies.


​​​​​​​Business Services Center

​​​​​​​A central office for processing human resource and finance transactions common across NYS agencies. This includes information on benefits, retirement, travel, timesheets, and paychecks.


​​​​​​​Anti-Discrimination Investigations Division (ADID)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Anti-Discrimination Investigations Division (ADID) is responsible for conducting investigations of all employment-related discrimination complaints for the majority of State agencies.