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Office of Mental Health

OMH Statewide Virtual Town Hall Featuring
Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D

Each year, the Office of Mental Health (OMH) holds a public hearing to solicit general feedback from the public on priorities and recommendations for inclusion into the agency’s annual Statewide Comprehensive Plan, also known as the 5.07 Plan. 2016 marked the first year that OMH facilitated a Statewide Virtual Town Hall, giving participants the ability to attend online via webinar or in person at one of three sites. During this year’s Statewide Town Hall, OMH Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. presented on the “Commissioner’s Transformation Agenda for a Changing Healthcare Environment”, and received questions, recommendations and feedback from stakeholders on issues that the agency should focus their efforts in strategic planning for the upcoming years.

The 2016 hearing was held via WebEx technology for online viewing, and in person hearing site locations in Albany, Rochester and Manhattan were available for the participation of members of the public without computer access. Over 1,000 participants attended online and in person, representing the peer and family community, community mental health providers, Article 28 hospitals, Managed Care Organizations, IT companies, counties, and State agencies, including members of the OMH workforce.

Public comments will continue to be accepted for the Commissioner’s consideration up to three weeks following the event, and can be sent to the Office of Planning.

Dr. Sullivan’s presentation from the Statewide Virtual Town Hall is now available for viewing. Thank you to all who participated!