Regional Advisory Committee (RAC)
The Commissioner's Committee for Families (CCF) is comprised of family members, family–run organizations and Statewide mental health advocacy organizations. The CCF meets quarterly during the year to discuss current policies, practices and needs of the family members of those with a psychiatric diagnosis. They work on addressing those needs policies and practices to guide how best outcomes are utilized to improve their loved ones and the communities mental wellness and care services delivered to those with a diagnosis in a “People Centered Planning” model.
The positive collaborations of the CCF members have produced various publications, available to the public through OMH such as the “When Families Join the Mental Health Care Team…” pamphlet and the “Understanding HIPAA, NYS Mental Hygiene Law…” booklet.
The Committee has provided insight on many of OMH’s initiatives and projects, such as the NYS Cemetery Restoration Project. It is through the partnership this committee holds with OMH that the needs of families and their loved ones with a psychiatric diagnosis can best address the needs of the entire family in support of overall wellness. For there to be recovery, there needs to be information and support. The Commissioners Committee for Families is one of those supports working to seek out, develop and provide other supports to the communities of NYS.
In March of 2010 the Recipient Advisory Committee and the Commissioner’s Committee for Families combined into one meeting. It is now called the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).
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