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Office of Mental Health

Ways to Get Involved

Friends of the Rochester Psychiatric Center (RPC): The Friends of RPC were formed in 1973 by a group of caring and concerned family members and local citizens.  For over three decades the Friends of RPC have worked closely with RPC staff to develop and support special programs for patients.  Through their active participation and generous financial support they have touched the lives of thousands of patients. The Friends of RPC operate the non-profit hospital gift shop, they award annual staff nursing scholarships, sponsor summer picnics, special outings, holiday and birthday gifts for every patient and many more special programs and activities.  The Friends welcome new members.

Volunteer Opportunities: The purpose and function of volunteers and volunteer organizations at RPC is to extend, enhance and support, but not replace the services of staff members in rendering the best possible care to RPC patients.

There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the agency.  At the present time, the New York State Office of Mental Health permits volunteers 16 years of age and older to serve in most programs.  Minors must have parental consent.  All volunteers will receive a brief orientation before beginning their volunteer experience.

Volunteers assigned to work on the Children’s Service must be screened through the New York State Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment.  This is required by the New York State Child Protective law.

To learn more about the Friends of RPC or volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (585) 241-1200.

Family Advisory Council: At RPC we recognize that a unique relationship exists among staff, families, and patients. We are all partners in the recovery process.  The Family Advisory Council represents the perspectives of family members, significant others, and interested citizens regarding the care and treatment of individuals served by RPC in both inpatient and community settings.  Our group advises RPC administration on how its organization, services, and treatment can be sensitive to the needs of families.

If you would like to be a part of this committee or would like more information, please call the Director of Social Work at (585) 241-1200.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Rochester Psychiatric Center Administration.