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Office of Mental Health

About OMH

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.

OMH Mission

The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is 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

Contact OMH and County Mental Health Agencies:

Agency Overview:

2016 – 2017 Enacted Budget
The 2016-2017 Enacted Budget for the Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides resources to support and expand the existing network of community mental health programs and services offset by cost saving measures required to balance the State’s budget. The 2016-17 Enacted Aid to Localities budget provides support for targeted investments in community based mental health services to expand capacity in areas to reduce the need for state inpatient beds, as well as growth for operational costs to support residential units already in development opening throughout 2016-2017.

For information on the 2015-2016 budget, please visit 2015-2016 Enacted Budget.

Mental Health Acronyms
View a list of abbreviations used on the OMH website.

OMH Institute for Program and Policy Innovation
The OMH Institute promotes public mental health through targeted prevention activities

OMH Regulations
OMH Regulations include those regulations that are currently under public review and those that were recently adopted by the Commissioner of Mental Health.

Organization Chart
The OMH Organization Chart details the organizational structure of the agency.

The Office of Planning provides resources for use in state and local planning.

OMH operates two world-renowned Research Institutes, Nathan Kline Institute and New York State Psychiatric Institute. These institutes are among the preeminent sources for psychiatric research in the United States and continue to break new ground in the worlds of research, practice, treatment and policy.

2017 Interim Report to the Statewide Comprehensive Plan
Also known as the “5.07 Plan” (after Section 5.07 of New York State mental hygiene law), the 2017 Interim Report to the Statewide Comprehensive Plan includes a review of consumers, services and programs, and gross expenditures within the New York State public mental health system. The 5.07 Plan also reviews several top priorities for OMH policy and planning efforts in the current and upcoming years.

Waiver Requests/Commissioner’s Decision
Section 501.3(a)(7) of Title 14 NYCRR requires the Office of Mental Health to post requests for waivers, and the Commissioner’s decision regarding those requests

OMH Council Participation:

Behavioral Health Service Advisory Council
The Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council may consider any matter relating to the improvement of behavioral health services in the State.

Inter-Office Coordinating Council Leaving OMH site
IOCC fosters integration and alignment of agency structures and functions to improve patient outcomes.

Most Integrated Setting Coordinating Council Leaving OMH site
MISCC is responsible for developing a comprehensive Statewide plan to ensure that people of all ages with physical and mental disabilities receive care and services in the most integrated settings appropriate to their individual needs.

Publications, Statistics & Reports:

OMH provides several publications regarding behavioral health for consumers, families, providers, and other interested parties. These publications are available online and others are available in printed format upon request.

Statistics and Reports
OMH operates multiple databases which present statistics on the mental health system and specific programs throughout the State. OMH also publishes reports, both voluntarily and legislatively mandated, on many issues important to New York residents.