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Lynda Battaglia, LCSW

Lynda Battaglia, LCSW, is the Director of Mental Health & Community Services for Genesee County. In this role, she is the CEO of the Genesee County Mental Health clinic which is an OMH Article 31 Licensed outpatient clinic serving children and adults. Additionally, Lynda oversees all services in the community that fall within the Mental Hygiene System, including Mental Health, Substance Use and Intellectual Developmental Disability. Lynda is the Chair for the Mental Hygiene Planning Committee for the Conference of Local mental Hygiene Directors. Lynda has served in this role for the last two and a half years. Prior to this, Lynda worked in various positions within the New York State Office of Mental Health for fourteen years. Areas of practice and expertise are Forensic Services, Suicide Prevention & Education, Crisis Services and Emergency Mental Health. Lynda is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Buffalo where she teaches a graduate level course for the Social Work program focusing on Forensic Social work and Understanding Suicide. Lynda served as the President of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Western New York Chapter, for 10 years. Lynda was awarded with the AFSP  Excellence in Education Award in 2010. She has worked in the field for over 20 years and strives to bring a voice to community awareness and education on topics such as Mental Health and Suicide Prevention.