Rome woman named county mental health commissioner

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Former Rome Memorial Hospital Director of Outpatient Behavioral Health Services Ashlee Thompson has been appointed Oneida County commissioner of mental health.

Thompson was appointed by County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. and confirmed by the Board of Legislators.

Deputy Commissioner of Family and Community Services Michael Romano had been temporarily overseeing the Mental Health Department since former Commissioner Robin O’Brien retired in June.

Thompson began her career in 2006 as a chemical dependency counselor at Insight House in Utica. Four years later, she moved on to Rome Memorial Hospital, where she served as chemical dependency counselor and supervisor for five years, before being elevated to director of outpatient behavioral health services.

Thompson is a master level credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor through the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports.

She was named the 2018 Outstanding Healthcare Professional by The Genesis Group of the Mohawk Valley and The Medical Societies of Oneida, Herkimer and Madison Counties.

She has served on a variety of boards and coalitions, including the Rome Community Schools Advisory Board and the Oneida County Opioid Task Force, on which she was co-chair of the Treatment Enhancement Team.

She received a Master of healthcare administration degree from Utica College in 2019 and possesses dual master’s degrees in education and special education from Touro College, as well as a bachelor of history from Le Moyne College.

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