Governor Cuomo Proclaims May 5th-12th as Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in New York State *In New York State, more than 300,000 children live with a serious mental health condition. Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week was created to raise awareness about the importance of children’s mental health and to show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development from birth. Please see the attached brochure for more details. (May 5, 2015)
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6th Annual "What's Great in Our State: A Celebration of Children's Mental Health Awareness" on May 5 in Albany, NY(April 29, 2015)
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Effective January 1, 2015, New York State authorizes the licensure category “Integrated Outpatient Services” for OMH-licensed providers (14 NYCRR Part 598), OASAS-licensed providers (14 NYCRR Part 825), and DOH-licensed providers (10 NYCRR Part 404). The new regulations further the integration of physical and behavioral health services in clinic settings under a single license.
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Registration is now open!
The 7th annual collaboration between American Psychiatric Nurses Association-New York Chapter and NYS Office of Mental Health Chief Nursing Officers Organization focuses on Innovative Mental Health Care: Nurses, Consumers and State Leaders Working Together to Lead Mental Health Reform. State leaders will discuss healthcare reform and collaborative care, provide an in depth discussion on Value Based Payment (VBP); continuing with nurses on the power of personal resilience, innovative strategies to work with individuals living with a personality disorder and consumers on strategies that are helping them to move from trauma and survival to success.
Please see attached brochure for the conference schedule and registration details!
Deadline to register is Friday, May 15th. Early registration preferred.(April 13, 2015)
NYS Office of Mental Health Bureau of Cultural Competence Celebrated its 4th Bi-Annual Journey Award Winners for 2014-2015(April 8, 2015)
The list of New York City (NYC) Agencies designated to provide Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) is now available. The linked spreadsheet contains the names of NYC providers designated to provide HCBS, along with which service(s) they have been designated to provide. Each provider listed has gone through the HCBS designation process established by New York State.
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The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., due to the high volume of applications that are being submitted. For more information on this application, please visit the application page.
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- Office of Mental Health Announces $2.25 Million in New Funding for Mental Health Programs in Lower Hudson ValleyFunding to expand community-based mental health services in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, and Westchester Counties
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- Office of Mental Health Announces $3.3 Million in New Funding for Mental Health Programs in Long IslandFunding to expand community-based mental health services in Nassau and Suffolk counties
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- Now Available: Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Provider Manual and Designation Process for 1915i Services *(September 22, 2014)
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Office of Mental Health Announces More Than $199,000 in New Funding for Orleans and Niagara Counties(September 15, 2014)
Office of Mental Health Announces Over $894,000 in New Funding for Steuben, Allegany, and Livingston Counties(September 15, 2014)
The New York State Office of Mental Health and the Huffington Post partner to raise awareness for Suicide Prevention(September 10, 2014)The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced that New York State will partner with The Huffington Post to educate the public, increase awareness, and provide help to those at-risk of suicide. The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will join together with multiple advocacy organizations as part of The Huffington Post's #StrongerTogether initiative to share resources, professional connections, and information in an effort to help prevent suicides in New York, the United States, and worldwide.
(September 9, 2014)OASAS and OMH are conducting a joint public hearing on their statewide comprehensive plans. Both agencies will receive input for consideration in the development of their respective statewide comprehensive plans and ongoing planning initiatives.
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Pursuant to Section 5.07 of State Mental Hygiene Law, the Office of Mental Health has issued its Statewide Comprehensive Plan Interim Report for 2014. This document outlines some of the major policy forces that are driving change in the health and behavioral healthcare systems across New York, providing a roadmap for ongoing local and State level strategic planning.(July 9, 2014)
Where in the World Wide Web will you go today? To celebrate May is Mental Health Month, we have compiled 31 days of interesting links to help you and your loved ones lead full and healthy lives. Check out some (or all!) of these links to learn more about mental health, wellness, emotional development, and even some new discoveries in brain science.(May 9, 2014) Read more…
On April 14, 2014 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York had finalized terms and conditions with the federal government for a groundbreaking waiver that will allow the state to reinvest $8 billion in federal savings generated by Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) reforms. The waiver amendment funds will address critical issues throughout the state and allow for comprehensive reform through a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program . The DSRIP program will promote community-level collaborations and focus on system reform, specifically a goal to achieve a 25 percent reduction in avoidable hospital use over five years. OMH has made behavioral health planning data available on its Web page for DSRIP applicants. The OMH DSRIP Web page contains relevant behavioral health data sources that DSRIP applicants may find helpful when conducting their community needs assessment for behavioral health services.(April 29, 2014) Read more…
OMH Announces 3rd Round of Geriatric Health Integration Grants, Over $4 Million in Multi-Year Funding(February 28, 2013)
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In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, OMH releases "Suicide as a Never Event in New York State" report.(September 10, 2013) Read more…
- Testimony of the New York State Office of Mental Health to the Assembly Standing Committee on Mental Health, Senate Standing Committee on Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and the Senate Standing Committee on Health, concerning Regional Centers of Excellence(September 9, 2013) Read more…
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- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to invite eligible applicants to submit proposals for integrating physical and behavioral health care to assist older adults with mental health and/or substance use disorders in New York State.
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- OASAS and OMH are pleased to announce that for the 5.07 Plan Hearing scheduled for August 27, 2013, St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center has been added to the list of sites for delivery of testimony. This site, as all others across the State, will be linked via video-teleconference (VTC) technology.
An update to the 5.07 Hearing website with further information on room location, registration, and other details, will be posted shortly.
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- OASAS and OMH are conducting a joint public hearing on their statewide comprehensive plans. Both agencies will receive input for consideration in the development of their respective statewide comprehensive plans, potential integration of statewide planning efforts in the future, and ongoing planning initiatives. The Hearing is hosted by OASAS and OMH, and via videoconference among seven locations: Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Manhattan, Staten Island, and West Brentwood.
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- Superstorm Sandy's devastating power impacted the lives of millions of New Yorkers and caused damage and suffering in hundreds of communities across the State. The storm and its aftermath exacerbated the needs of the State’s health and human service providers. To address the needs of these providers who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy and the adults and children they serve, and help them recover and rebuild, the State of New York will distribute $200,034,600 in federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant funding through a public solicitation for proposals.
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- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today released a three year plan to transform the public mental health system. Under the Plan, OMH will shift the emphasis of its resources from costly long term inpatient treatment provided at over 24 hospitals to a state-of-the-art network of 15 Regional Centers of Excellence. The Regional Centers of Excellence Plan was developed after OMH met with over 30 communities throughout the state and received over 2,000 public comments.
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- You are invited to a BHO/HARP Twitter Chat and Q&A on June 27, 2013, at 10:30 AM on Twitter for an opportunity to ask questions about this significant Medicaid reform initiative, and have them answered in real time.
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- Where in the World Wide Web will you go today? To celebrate May is Mental Health Month, we have compiled 31 interesting links to help you and your loved ones lead full and healthy lives. Check out some of these links to learn more about mental health, wellness, and emotional development."
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- From the Division of Quality Management
Following three years of utilization, the Bureau of Inspection and Certification (BIC) has revised the Clinic Standards of Care Anchor Elements. The updated version will be used by licensing staff for surveys starting on May 1, 2013. A copy of the revised Clinic Standards of Care anchors and a resource document are being sent to each licensed clinic program and are also available on our website.
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- As promised in our February "Save the Date" notice, the Listening Tour website is now live and accessible. Please visit this site to get information about OMH's upcoming Listening Tours where we want to hear from you. Your thoughts and creative ideas about the state-operated mental health system are very important as we look to prepare the system for the advent of managed care.
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- The Ninth Edition of the Patient Safety Standards Guidelines has just been released. The new edition includes additional products. OMH is continually evaluating and reevaluating products and, based on the newest evaluation, products may be rated differently in this edition than in a previous edition.
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- New York State Office of Mental Health Acting Commissioner Kristin Woodlock, RN, MPA, and lead agency staff will be touring the State to get input from you on the concept and design of OMH Regional Centers of Excellence.
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- Governor Cuomo Announces More than 700 'Project Hope' Counselors Deployed to Provide Crisis Counseling in Areas Hit Hardest by Hurricane SandyGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that through 'Project Hope,' a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, more than 700 counselors have been deployed to communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy to provide mental health services to affected New Yorkers.
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- For providers that may have missed the in-person leadership forums recently held all around the State, the Clinic Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) is offering an online version of the presentation on Monday, December 17th from 12pm-1pm.
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- Governor Cuomo Announces $8.2 Million Grant For 'Project Hope' to Provide Crisis Counseling in Areas Hardest Hit by Hurricane SandyGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced an $8.2 million grant from FEMA to provide a Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program called 'Project Hope' for New Yorkers in the hardest hit areas of Hurricane Sandy. The State Office of Mental Health (OMH) applied for the grant which will provide outreach, crisis counseling and educational services to individuals in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley.
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- NYSOMH Announces New Web Resource for Persons Seeking Pharmacological Treatment of Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective DisorderAlbany, NY (November 19, 2012)- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), in partnership with the Center for Practice Innovation at The New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University, is pleased to announce the web availability of the interactive educational program "Considering Clozapine."
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- Kristin M. Woodlock, RN, MPA named Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental HealthOn Tuesday, October 30, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo named Kristin M. Woodlock as Acting Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health. Kristin replaces Dr. Michael Hogan, Ph.D. as Commissioner. Dr. Hogan retired from service after leading the Office of Mental Health since 2007.
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- 2012–2016 Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health Services Required under Mental Hygiene Law, the Statewide Comprehensive Plan this year focuses on the strategic direction toward transformation premised upon recovery and resiliency principles. Profiles of programs and initiatives people say are making a difference in their lives are included to illustrate some efforts at different levels of the mental health system to build empowering, person-centered, family-driven, and youth-guided services and supports.
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- Meeting description: The Children's Technical Assistance Center is expanding to include mental health clinics serving adults in New York State. The Center has been renamed the Clinic Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) which provides an array of informational resources, tools, and educational opportunities designed to promote effective and efficient business.
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- Meeting description: The members of the Medicaid Redesign Team Behavioral Health Subcommittee will be reconvening to receive updates on behavioral health managed care planning and to review the draft interagency agreements developed by the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Services (OASAS), the Department of Health (DOH) and New York City, which define a framework for Special Needs Plans and Behavioral Health Organizations as recommended by the Behavioral Health Subcommittee.
- New York State is taking a comprehensive look at how multiple investments in a particular neighborhood can be better coordinated and aligned behind evidence-informed practice to increase impact and promote efficiencies. The Community, Opportunity and Re-Investment initiative (COI) seeks to build the well-being of communities and assure that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and stable community from a supported childhood to a productive adulthood. This approach coordinates and builds on the combined knowledge and skills of multiple entities including state and local agencies, community residents and civic leaders. It recognizes that social problems are interconnected and so solutions must be as well. Service sectors addressed by this initiative include but are not limited to: public safety; housing; education; labor; economic development; health (including mental health); and children and family services. More information about the COI can be found on New York State Department of Health website.
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- The New York State Office of Mental Health has added the Behavioral Health Organization (BHO) Performance Metrics Portal to its Statistics and Reports web page. The BHO Performance Metrics Portal provides access to reports pertaining to the BHO initiative, which oversees the transition to managed care for Medicaid recipients in New York State who receive mental health and substance use disorder services. Beginning in January 2012, the State contracted with five BHOs charged with overseeing inpatient mental health care, substance use disorder inpatient detoxification, and chemical dependence inpatient rehabilitation for fee-for-service Medicaid enrollees.
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The Bureau of Cultural Competence is working in concert with the NYS OMH executive leadership through the OMH Cultural Competence Steering Committee, the NYS Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC), and the NYS Centers of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the Nathan Kline Institute (NKI) and the NYS Psychiatric Institute (PI) (to be called alignment partners) to implement cultural competence into the services under NYS OMH purview: OMH operated facilities, funded programs and licensed programs. These along with the consumers of these programs will be referred to as the NYS public mental health system.
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New York State Office of Mental Health's Largest Hospital Honored by The Joint Commission
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New York State Releases Draft Interagency Agreements for Special Needs Plans and Behavioral Health OrganizationsThe members of the Medicaid Redesign Teams (MRT) Behavioral Health Subcommittee expressed interest in reconvening to receive updates on behavioral health managed care planning and to have stakeholder input at key points during program design. Included below are draft interagency agreements developed by OMH, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Services (OASAS), the Department of Health (DOH) and New York City, which define a framework for Special Needs Plans and Behavioral Health Organizations as recommended by the Behavioral Health Subcommittee. Additionally included is a PowerPoint presentation which will be used as a preliminary briefing document. The MRT Behavioral Health Subcommittee will be convening later this month in New York City to brief you on this material and seek your input. Details on the meeting date and location will be available shortly.
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September 10, 2012 is World Suicide Prevention Day. As mental health professionals, we know well the impact that suicide has upon families, individuals and communities throughout New York State and beyond.
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The new edition includes additional products. Some of the products have been reevaluated and may have a different rating in this edition than in a previous edition.
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First-ever joint OASAS-OMH public hearing to receive input into the development of the respective OASAS and OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plans (5.07 Plans)New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene González-Sánchez and New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) Commissioner Michael Hogan are holding the first-ever joint OASAS/OMH public hearing to receive input into the development of the respective OASAS and OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plans (5.07 Plan).
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Where in the World Wide Web will you go today? To celebrate May is Mental Health Month, we have compiled 31 interesting links to help you and your loved ones lead full and healthy lives. Check out some of these links to learn more about health, wellness, and emotional development.
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The Office of Mental Health has updated the Patient Characteristics Survey (PCS) Portal to include the 2011 survey dataThe PCS is conducted every two years to collect demographic, clinical, and service-related information for each person who receives a public mental health service during a specified one-week period. All programs licensed or funded by OMH are required to complete the survey.
The 2011 PCS expands upon data provided by earlier surveys to include information about employment hours, medication and counseling for smoking cessation, Medicaid managed care coverage, and more detailed cardio-metabolic indicators. Additional expanded information includes per capita service rates by race, Hispanic ethnicity, and program category, and estimated annualized rates of service by program category, demographic group and region.The PCS data are important for planning at the State and local levels. With the addition of the 2011 data, the PCS Portal now displays data from three survey years as well as access to historical PCS reports dating from 1999.
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New York Selected for New Initiative to Improve Use of Psychotropic Medications among Children in Foster CareNew York has been chosen as one of five states that will participate in Improving the Use of Psychotropic Medications among Children and Youth in Foster Care: A Quality Improvement Collaborative. This three-year initiative, developed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) and made possible through the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), will focus on improving the quality of psychotropic medication use among children in foster care.
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The 2012 Interim Report on the OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health Services 2011-2015 highlights the transformational reforms currently underway in the mental health system - reforms that will fundamentally improve the quality of mental health services and significantly improve the lives of New Yorkers with mental illness. Premised upon principles of recovery and resiliency, this report outlines how these reforms further the ability of individuals with mental illness the opportunity to live as part of society and to contribute meaningfully to their community.
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New York State's newly-created New York Employment Services System (NYESS) (www.nyess.ny.gov ) is a comprehensive job-matching/employment supports coordination and data system providing access for all New Yorkers - regardless of their abilities or disabilities - to all available employment opportunities and supports. Now designated by the Social Security Administration as the first statewide Employment Network (EN) in the United States, NYESS will generate millions of dollars in incentive payments, to be reinvested into expanded job supports for people with disabilities.
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The new edition includes additional products and improvement to the format of the product pages. Some of the products have been reevaluated and may have a different rating in this edition than in a previous edition.
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The Office of Mental Health (OMH) has added a Disaster Resources tab onto the Mental Health Resources section of the OMH home page. This section provides information on OMH's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded crisis counseling programs that are presently assisting New York State residents impacted by Tropical Storms Irene (Project Hope) and Lee (Project Renew). In addition to information on these programs, the website also provides other Disaster Mental Health Planning and Response Resources.
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