Pictured above, Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel (right) welcomes Carmelo Hernandez as the new Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services for the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene.
MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- Chautauqua County Executive Paul M. Wendel, Jr. recently announced his appointment of Carmelo Hernandez as the new Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services for the Chautauqua County Department of Mental Hygiene.
Hernandez began his position on September 7, 2021 and he fills the vacancy left by former director Patricia Brinkman, who retired in April 2021.
Hernandez previously served as a lead therapist at Alssaro Counseling Services in New Rochelle, N.Y. and a mental health consultant at WestCOP in Westchester, N.Y. Prior to that he served as a program manager for Wediko Children’s Services and a combat stress recovery specialist for the Wounded Warrior Project.
“Carmelo has a diverse background in mental health services,” said Wendel. “Over the years, he has provided counseling and rehabilitation services to help adults and even veterans overcome their struggles and improve their health and wellness. He has also been a strong advocate for promoting social and emotional development for children and teens. I am excited to welcome Carmelo to my team as his leadership and experience will be a great asset to our department of mental hygiene.”
“I am honored to serve as the Director of Community Mental Hygiene Services,” said Hernandez. “I look forward to sharing my passion and expertise with my new colleagues as we work together to provide comprehensive mental health and wellness services to the residents of Chautauqua County.”
Hernandez earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University in New York, N.Y. He is also a certified Licensed Master Social Worker. He currently resides in Westfield, N.Y.