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Emergency Admissions Designee

Jennifer Parmalee, Deputy Commissioner/Director of Community Service

(315) 435-2850

Thank you for your interest in serving as my Designee under Article 9.45 of the New York State Mental Hygiene Law.  As a Designee you would be authorized to direct the removal of a mentally ill person for whom you have reasonable cause to believe that the person has a mental illness for which immediate observation, care and treatment in a hospital is appropriate and which is likely to result in serious harm to him/ herself or others, by a peace officer, police officer or ambulance, to an appropriate hospital or a comprehensive psychiatric emergency program (CPEP). 

The Emergency Admission and Designee process for Onondaga County has recently been updated to ensure consistency in understanding and usage across our system. Below are the necessary steps for designation.

    • Fill out the “Designee Application Packet” below and submit with resume or CV to Jennifer Parmalee at jenniferparmalee@ongov.net
    • Participate in the online virtual “Onondaga County Emergency Admissions Process Director of Community Services Designee Training” and complete an online assessment. Links for both the training and assessment will be emailed to you once your application has been reviewed.
Designee Application Packet Documentation:
Application for Designee Status    


Emergency Pick Up Order Documentation:

Involuntary Transport Supporting Documentation Emergency or C.P.E.P Admission


Community Protocols for Orders in Specific Situations:

Protocol for Non-Executed "Pick-Up" Order Protocol for Order That Does Not Meet "Pick-Up" Order Criteria


Please note that all Emergency Admission Orders should be accompanied by the attached “MHL §9.45 Involuntary Transport Supporting Documentation” which will serve as a 9.45 Supplemental form.  This will provide enough information for the law enforcement agency to execute the order with the least amount of possible negative impact on the individual and it will ensure that the legal criteria needed to meet the Emergency Admission Order is present.

Thank you again, for your dedication to the individuals we serve and your tireless efforts to match individual needs with supports.


Jennifer Parmalee
Deputy Commissioner and Director of Community Services



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Basic Needs Services 

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Alcohol or Substance Use Services 

Prevention Network Resources

(315) 471-1359

Mental Health and Community Services 

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