Chautauqua County Profile

County Lead

Pat Brinkman
Chautauqua Count DCS

SOC Team

Rachel Mesmer Ludwig
Chautauqua Tapestry Project Director


According to 2014 estimates, Chautauqua County had a total of 133,556 residents. There were marginally more Female (51 %) than Male residents (49%) and the median age was 41.2 years old. The majority of the county identified their race as White (93%), followed by Black or African-American (3%), Asian (less than 1%), Native American (less than 1%), and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (less than 1%).  Over 1% of residents identified as ‘some other race’ and 2% as ‘two or more races’. Approximately 7% or residents identified their ethnicity as Hispanic or Latino.  Median household income, adjusted for inflation, from 2010-2014 was $42,720 with close to 19% of residents living below the poverty level.

*Please note categories may not sum to 100% due to rounding.


Chautauqua County was awarded a six year Federal Cooperative Agreement by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assist in enhancing Chautauqua County’s system of care (SOC) for children and youth that have emotional and behavioral challenges classified as Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED).

The Mission of Chautauqua Tapestry

Chautauqua Tapestry represents the weaving together of effective, appropriate and individualized supports and services that are accessible and comprehensive to meet the needs of youth with emotional and behavioral challenges and their families.

An opportunity and challenge for Chautauqua County service and support providers is to partner with youth who have emotional and behavioral challenges and with their families to
create an accessible, responsive, appropriate and effective service delivery system.

In 2015, Chautauqua County applied for and was awarded an extension to their SOC federal grant. The goal of the extension is to expand and enhance the quality and scope of current services for children, youth, and transition age/ emerging adults (ages 4-21 years of age with SED, early onset psychosis and/or a trauma history) and build models of excellence that can be replicated throughout NYS.

Planned Activities include:

  • High Fidelity Wraparound
  • Transitions to Independence Program
  • Coordinated Specialty Care/Recovery After Initial Schizophrenic Episode
  • Early Recognition Screening
  • The Open Table Model
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Innovate, Educate, Collaborate