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.
- The OMH Strategic Statement (504kb) includes the mission, vision, values and priorities of the agency.
- The OMH Directory contains information on Central Office personnel, OMH facilities, OMH Field Offices and county mental health agencies .
- The OMH Organization Chart details the organizational structure of the agency.
- The 2012–2013 Executive Budget for the Office of Mental Health State Operations balances the competing challenges of cost-containment in response to fiscal conditions while ensuring that mental health obligations continue to be met through the provision of quality care and treatment. State Operations funding largely remains flat from the prior year with the intent to support OMH's network of psychiatric health care settings which are required to meet national accreditation standards set by The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- The 2010–2011 Executive Budget for the Office of Mental Health State Operations 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.
- The 2009–2010 Enacted Budget for the Office of Mental Health aligns significantly reduced growth in spending with the transformation of large and complex care systems for children, adults, and forensic (court-involved) individuals.
- The 2008–2009 Executive Budget for Office of Mental Health continues to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on providing hope and recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. The Executive Recommendation builds on prior year initiatives by addressing the systemic problems of difficulty in accessing services and service fragmentation. This Recommendation maintains the large array of services currently available to citizens of the State while recognizing the need for additional services and systemic changes to assure a high level of quality, improved access, and decreased fragmentation.
- The 2007–2008 Executive Budget for Office of Mental Health (OMH) continues to build upon initiatives from previous years to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on providing hope and recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. The Strategic Plan Framework and systematic, inclusive planning processes have been integral to the development of a set of strategic priorities that serves as the foundation for advancing mental health care in New York State. Included are budget fact sheets and the Acting Commissioner's Budget Testimony.
- The 2006–2007 Executive Budget for Office of Mental Health (OMH) builds upon previous years’ initiatives, and provides a strategic framework to further advance a public mental health system that is unparalleled. The Executive Budget recommendation continues to change the landscape of mental health care in New York State by providing targeted service expansion in evidence-based treatments, and by continuing to strengthen key community programs to maximize access to quality mental health care. Most significantly, the Executive Budget recommendation provides the framework to fundamentally transform the children’s mental health service system with the single largest investment in New York State’s history.
- The Childrens Plan was developed in October 2008 by nine Commissioners from child-serving agencies in New York State, who each signed off on The Plan and have committed to work towards supporting the social and emotional needs of children and their families.
- 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 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.
- Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Notification It is the policy of the New York State Office of Mental Health to assist in ensuring the integrity of the Medicaid program by safeguarding against Medicaid abuse and the submission of fraudulent Medicaid claims.