Endeavor Health Services is a private, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the development of accessible and effective services, driven towards improving the emotional wellness and behavioral health of residents of Western New York, Rochester, and the surrounding communities.
We are a highly-respected behavioral health organization, one of only 13 Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) located in New York State. This certification was granted due to Endeavor’s evidence-based and holistic practices. We embrace an “integrated treatment model,” where all issues related to behavioral health are coordinated seamlessly by the primary clinician, resulting in a consistent synergy of services.
We got our start almost 60 years ago, when the Federal Community Mental Health Center Act of 1963 and amendments in 1965 led to New York State’s plan for centers like Endeavor. The Erie County Department of Mental Health determined that these centers should be designed so that providers would give accountability to clients, communities, and established mental health authorities while minimizing disruptions of clients’ freedom of access to normal community life. The county was divided into six pie shaped divisions (catchment areas) radiating out of the city to cut across urban, suburban, and rural areas and to contain all socioeconomic groups to ensure equitable service. Each of these catchment areas was set up to be a manageable size for mental health planning and service delivery with approximately 200,000 people in each. Endeavor was directed to serve Catchment Area IV, which centered around Walden Avenue from Buffalo to Alden.
In December of 1972, Endeavor incorporated under the name Mid-Erie Mental Health Services, Inc. A board of directors was selected and convened, and in April of 1973 the first Executive Director, Dr. Albert Zavala, and twelve staff began the initial service delivery. Endeavor has since grown nearly twenty times that size, and has been served by the following Executive Directors:
Dr. George Dietz (1977-1986)
Michael Venezia (1986-1999)
Sarlyn Tate (1999-2006)
Elizabeth Mauro has been our Chief Executive Officer since 2006, and started with Endeavor Health Services as an intern.
In 2017, Mid-Erie Mental Health Services, Inc. rebranded and became Endeavor Health Services. We feel our new name and look represent the future of behavioral health services, and we’re proud to serve the communities that have continually supported us for so many years.
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