Office of Mental Health

About OMH

New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.

For questions about mental health services, to find a mental health service provider or to make a complaint, call OMH Customer Relations toll-free at 1-800-597-8481.

Contact OMH and County Mental Health Agencies:

Agency Overview:

2015 – 2016 Enacted Budget
The 2015 – 2016 Enacted Budget balances the competing challenges of achieving savings while ensuring that mental health obligations continue to be met. Community mental health services supported by Aid to Localities funding in the Executive Budget are engaged in sweeping changes to improve access and availability of community supports and services, promote interagency collaboration and expand capacity while reducing the rate of growth in spending by promoting efficiencies, restructuring program funding models, reinvesting under-utilized resources and delaying implementation of new initiatives until they are affordable.

OMH Regulations
OMH Regulations include those regulations that are currently under public review and those that were recently adopted by the Commissioner of Mental Health, whose responsibility it is to adopt regulations which are necessary and proper to implement any matter under his jurisdiction.

OMH Strategic Statement PDF Document
The OMH Strategic Statement includes the mission, vision, values and priorities of the agency.

Organization Chart
The OMH Organization Chart details the organizational structure of the agency.

The Office of Planning web pages provide information and a catalog of links to an array of data, reports and planning resources for use in state and local planning including the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council.

OMH operates two world-renowned Research Institutes, Nathan Kline Institute and New York State Psychiatric Institute. These institutes are among the preeminent sources for psychiatric research in the United States and continue to break new ground in the worlds of research, practice, treatment and policy.

Statewide Comprehensive Plan PDF Document
The Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health Services is a five-year plan for the provision of state and local mental health services. The Plan is updated annually for the next five years to be responsive to changing needs and developments.

Publications, Statistics & Reports:

OMH provides a number of publications regarding behavioral health for consumers, families, providers, and other interested parties. A number of these publications are available online and others are available in printed format upon request.

Statistics and Reports
OMH operates multiple databases which present statistics on the mental health system and specific programs throughout the State. OMH also publishes reports, both voluntarily and legislatively mandated, on a number of issues important to New York residents.