ARISE responds to the COVID-19 virus

Dear ARISE Participants and Families:

Our main priority is the health and safety of individuals we serve and our staff, volunteers and supporters.  Like all businesses, we’re making changes to reduce any potential spread of COVID-19. This message provides you with information about the actions ARISE is taking effective immediately.

  • Drop-in and in-person visits to all ARISE locations are suspended.  Instead, those individuals will be called for any follow-up.
  • Clients of our mental health clinics at 635 James Street or Fulton will be admitted with an appointment or in the case of a crisis visit.  We have implement tele-health visits for all mental health services.
  • All visitors to all ARISE offices — including clinic clients — are being screened for risk of COVID-19 exposure using the protocol recommended by the NYS Health Department and other regulatory agencies.  Anyone with suspected risk will not be admitted to the premises.
  • Until further notice, some places at ARISE will be closed.  Those include:
    • The activity room in Oswego.
    • The playground in Chittenango.
  • Riding lessons, which are given individually, will continue with additional cleaning between students.
  • For some people, individual services will be provided at home.
  • The ARISE Annual Dinner is postponed from April 16 until the fall.


We appreciate your support and cooperation as we make these changes.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.


Please continue to follow other updates on our website ( and on Facebook pages:  ( or

Thank you for all you do for ARISE.  And please take care of yourselves, your families and your neighbors.


Tania S. Anderson, CEO

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