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Office of Mental Health

Information for Adults

Information for New Yorkers Using or Considering Mental Health Services

Mental health services are available to help individuals recover from the disabling symptoms of a psychiatric illness, and live full and satisfying lives in their communities. The information in this section is offered to help individuals, friends and families make decisions about using mental health and other services available in your community.

What Is Mental Health?
An Introduction to Mental Health and Mental Health Services in Your Area

Adult Housing
The Adult Housing web page presents the Residential Program Indicators (RPI) report. The RPI is a performance measurement reporting tool for adult housing programs in New York State. Descriptions of the types of OMH housing are also presented.

  • Family Care Information
    Family Care is a residential service sponsored by OMH for persons who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
ACT is an evidence-based practice that offers treatment, rehabilitation, case management, and support services delivered by a mobile, multi-disciplinary mental health treatment team.

Disaster Mental Health Planning and Response Resources
The New York State Office of Mental Health is one of 23 executive agencies that comprise the State's Disaster Preparedness Commission. OMH chairs the Human Services Mental Health Task Force and also provides resources from its hospital system during disaster response. In its external role, the agency trains and certifies crisis counselors for deployment in mental health disaster response roles. It also compiles and disseminates disaster mental health public education materials for use by the general public.
(June 14, 2007)

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HIPAA Information for People Using Mental Health Services
Information on the new federal legislation that sets national standards for the privacy and security of electronically transmitted patient health information.

Human Trafficking
Description of New York State's Human Trafficking Law and the Interagency Taskforce, and a listing of services victims are entitled to receive.

Kendra's Law
New York State has enacted legislation that provides for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) for certain people with mental illness who, in view of their treatment history and present circumstances, are unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision.

Licensed Program Type Definitions
List of licensed programs and descriptions.

Medicare Part D
A quick reference guide for all stakeholders looking for information on the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS)
PROS is a comprehensive recovery oriented program for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. The goal of the program is to integrate treatment, support, and rehabilitation in a manner that facilitates the individual's recovery.

Rights of Inpatients in New York State Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Centers

Rights of Outpatients in New York State Office of Mental Health Psychiatric Centers

Schools of Social Work Deans' Consortium Project
The New York State Office of Mental Health – Schools of Social Work Deans' Consortium Project for Evidence-Based Practice in Mental Health is a partnership between the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) and participating Schools or Departments of Social Work in New York State to provide education and training to advanced Masters-level social work students in recovery oriented, evidence-based practices for adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI)/Serious and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI).

SSI and SSDI Benefits Training
Myths, Tips, and Tricks for SSI and SSDI benefits.

Targeted Case Management (TCM) to Health Homes (HHs) Information
Provides information on the process of OMH Targeted Case Management programs transitioning to Health Home Care Management programs.

Transition Age Youth Resources
Offers information and resources for young people transitioning to adulthood.