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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Notice of Public Hearing

OASAS Statewide Comprehensive Plan 2013-2017
OMH Statewide Comprehensive Plan 2013-2017

August 27, 2013 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm

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.

Changes in Mental Hygiene Law give OASAS and OMH the authority to develop a joint Statewide Comprehensive Plan and Interim Report. The two agencies are not developing a joint Plan this year, however this joint public hearing is a significant step in moving the addictions and mental health systems toward the delivery of more integrated services and the potential development of a single Statewide Comprehensive Plan for both agencies in the future.

Registration for any of the public hearing sites listed above is available at http://www.omh.ny.gov/omhweb/planning/507. Given the number of individuals expected to want to testify, OASAS and OMH request that all input be received in writing. Individuals interested in being considered to present oral testimony should check the appropriate box using the online registration system. Should time constraints not allow all who want to present oral testimony to do so, OASAS and OMH will have received all comments in writing, which will be reviewed in detail. Individuals providing oral testimony are respectfully asked to limit their testimony to three minutes or less.

Please note that space is limited at some hearing sites. You must register in advance to attend the hearing. Registrations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to these capacity constraints, organizations are respectfully asked to send one individual per organization to attend the hearing. If you require any special accommodations to participate in the hearing, or have questions about the format, please contact Colleen Garrahan by email, or call at 518-473-3570.