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Behavioral health services provide support for patients and their families.

Adirondack Health offers expert care for patients seeking treatment for a range of mental or behavioral health issues.  Behavioral health services are offered in warm and welcoming settings.  Scroll down for a brief summary of the different programs and their locations:

Colby Senior Behavioral Health
Adirondack Medical Center
2233 State Route 86
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: (518) 897-2871
Visiting hours: 1 to 2:30 p.m., 6:30 to 9 p.m. Monday - Friday
                           11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 6:30 to 9 p.m. Weekends and Holidays

The Colby Senior Behavioral Health, a 12-bed acute care unit specializing in short-term inpatient services, is dedicated to serving the acute mental health needs of individuals 55 years of age and older. This vital service is provided by a skilled staff of psychiatrists, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, social workers and nurses who offer daily group sessions to help patients alleviate symptoms and enhance coping skills. Families are often included in treatment planning to assist the patient in the transition to an active health lifestyle.

Our Staff:
Michael D. Upton, M.D.
Medical Director
Paul G. Cotton, M.D
Cathy Hill, FNP-C/NPP-C
Steven Sonnenberg, M.D.
Jaskanwar Batra, M.D.

Outpatient care

Outpatient Behavioral Health Services
Office locations & hours:
LAKE PLACID HEALTH CENTER
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
TUPPER LAKE HEALTH CENTER
Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 

To schedule an appointment or for more information call: (518) 897-2750

Adirondack Health provides professional and empathetic care through outpatient psychiatric services. Treatment involves an active partnership with primary care physicians to provide patients with the psychiatric evaluations, medication stabilization, teaching and support they need to improve their mental and physical health. We take a proactive approach through early detection, education and collaboration with your primary care physicians which leads to individualized, patient-centered treatment. The service includes psychiatric evaluation and treatment of patients age 14 and older. We accept referrals from primary care providers or other medical specialties and self referrals.  

Program services are provided by Peter Brengel, a Psychiatric/Mental Health Physician Assistant, and Diane Cuff-Carney, a Board Certified Adult Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  

Peter has evaluated and treated patients for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress.  He is a board certified Physician Assistant, and received his degree from the Chatham University Physician Assistant Program in Pittsburgh, Pa. Peter has worked as a Physician Assistant in Family Medicine, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine and most recently Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Most recently, Diane graduated from New York University’s Post-Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program in 2006 as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner.  She worked as a full-time Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Sunset Terrace Family Health Center & Healthy Connections Psychiatric Trauma Treatment Center at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  She previously served as Director of St. Vincent’s Medical Center’s Behavioral Health Homecare Program in Brooklyn and Staten Island and has run her own private practices in Brooklyn and Long Lake, N.Y.   

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