Assistant Executive Director, Program Services
James Nyreen oversees New York State Office of Mental Health and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene programs including: the Ottilie campus-based Residential Treatment Facility and school for children with severe emotional disabilities and serious cognitive disabilities; a Supported Single Room Occupancy program for young adults struggling with mental health issues and working to re-integrate into the community; a crisis respite program for families who have a child struggling with a mental health issue; three Children’s Community Residences for formerly institutionalized youth in need of transition before returning home; and supportive services like Bridges to Health, Blended Case Management and Home and Community Based Waiver. Jim was named Assistant Executive Director in 2000; he had worked for SCO as Program Director of the Ottilie campus since 1987.
Before joining SCO Jim worked at Graham-Windham Services to Families and Children where he began as a social worker in a residential program, and was promoted to Program Director of Intake and Homefinding from 1983-1987. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego and holds an MS from Columbia University School of Social Work. He serves on the Board of the NYS Coalition for Children’s Mental Health Services.
children were reunified with their parents who worked hard preparing for their return home
youth and adults with special needs participated in volunteer projects in their community