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Office of Mental Health

Geriatric Mental Health Act

As part of the growing attention and interest at all levels of government to advance geriatric mental health care, New York State enacted the Geriatric Mental Health Act on August 23, 2005. The law, which took effect on April 1, 2006, authorized the establishment of (1) an Interagency Geriatric Mental Health Planning Council, (2) a geriatric service demonstration program, and (3) a requirement for an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature.

In July 2008, the Act was amended to expand the scope of the Council to include chemical dependence and veterans. The amendments changed the Council's name to the Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Planning Council, added the Commissioner of the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Director of the Division of Veterans' Affairs as Co-chairs, and added the Adjutant General for the State of New York as an Ex-Officio member.

Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Planning Council

The Interagency Geriatric Mental Health and Chemical Dependence Planning Council consists of 19 members, as follows:

Geriatric Service Demonstration Program

Annual Reports

The four Council Co-chairs and the Adjutant General annually report to the Governor, the Temporary President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the Assembly on plans regarding the geriatric and chemical dependence needs of New Yorkers and recommendations to address those needs.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Program and Policy Development/Division of Adult Services.