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Self-Help Resources

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

Alcohol and Drug Use

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.


Drug Screening
The quiz seeks information about your possible involvement with drugs not including alcoholic beverages during the past 12 months. The various classes of drugs may include cannabis (marijuana, hashish), solvents (e.g., paint thinner), tranquilizers (e.g., Valium), barbiturates, cocaine, stimulants (e.g., speed), hallucinogens (e.g., LSD) or narcotics (e.g., heroin). Remember, the questions do not include alcoholic beverages.


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).

Child Care and Eldercare

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.


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


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.


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 for.

Domestic Violence

NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Numerous resource links including County Programs, Safety Plans, DV Handbook and much more.


NYS Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
This site contains information about domestic violence and various referral sources including hotlines and NYS organizations.

Financial and Legal Issues

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

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.

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

AIDS Information NIH

Advances in HIV/AIDS Research | National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Offering information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.


Alzheimer Association


American Cancer Society


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Information for patients and caregivers.


Medicine Net
Family health and wellness information.


NYS Department of Health
Healthy Lifestyles and Prevention.


The Internet Rx Drug Index
Searchable database of commonly prescribed drugs.

Mental Health Issues

National Institute of Mental Health
Information on most mental health problems.


NYS Office of Mental Health
Links to Mental Health Resources.


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

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


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).

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.