November 16, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the formation of the New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force that includes leaders from state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit groups, and other recognized experts in suicide prevention. The creation of the Task Force was first announced in Governor Cuomo's 2017 State of the State.
October 19, 2017
The NYS Office of Mental Health today announced the expansion of the transitional program, Pathway Home, into two New York City hospitals. This innovative program which helps individuals with mental illness transition from inpatient care to community-based services, has started accepting referrals at Bronx Psychiatric Center and Metropolitan Hospital Center. This expansion is funded through an $880,000 grant award from the Office of Mental Health (OMH).
October 18, 2017
Dr. Ann Sullivan, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), has been named recipient of the 2017 CEO Award by the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS). The CEO Award is given annually by the Association to individuals whose leadership and dedication helps to transform the lives of individuals with mental illness and their loved ones.
October 16, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Renaissance Village, a $51.9 million, 123-unit affordable and supportive housing development in Suffolk County. Developed by Concern for Independent Living, Renaissance Village features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments including 50 units for homeless individuals with disabilities.
October 11, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 169 conditional awards to agencies in 47 counties across New York that will provide support services and operating funding for at least 1,200 units of supportive housing for homeless persons with special needs, conditions or other challenges.
October 6, 2017
New requirement for submission of administrative actions for category 1-3 substantiated findings of reportable abuse/neglect under the authority of the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center).
October 2, 2017
Registration is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the OMH Statewide Virtual Town Hall on November 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D. This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future, including updates on the Commissioner’s top policy and planning priorities presented at last year’s town hall. Comments and questions can be presented both online and live for those attending at an OMH site.
September 20, 2017
The NYS Office of Mental Health announced that 19 additional outpatient sites have been designated as National Health Service Corp (NHSC) approved locations. The designation comes with numerous benefits – including student loan repayment and scholarship programs – that will help recruit and retain talented staff for underserved areas of the state.
September 19, 2017
The Office of Mental Health today announced that New York is the only state in nation to have received a grant award from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Zero Suicide grant program. The award of $3.5 million over five years will help implement and strengthen the State’s suicide prevention efforts.
September 12, 2017
The Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) announced today it has secured $20 million in federal grant funding to support Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) research. Five multi-year grants were recently awarded to three research scientists at the Institute’s Center for Dementia Research (CDR).
July 5, 2017
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced awards totaling $75,000 for projects that help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. The funding comes from taxpayer contributions received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to donate easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes, similar to other provisions where taxpayers can support Alzheimer's research, breast cancer awareness, and various other efforts.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the second phase of a historic $20 billion five-year plan for the creation or preservation of 100,000 affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units. State agencies issued three separate Requests for Proposals to provide more than $650 million in capital funding and $30 million in service and operating funding for supportive housing.
The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced the availability of up to $1.25 million to help mental health clinics create a new intensive level of outpatient service that will increase clinic-based treatment options for people with psychiatric disabilities.
The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced that a highly successful state program that helps young adults with newly emerging psychotic symptoms has expanded into the Southern Tier at the Greater Binghamton Health Center (GBHC). Most of the approximately $460,000 in operating costs for the Binghamton site are provided through the OMH’s reinvestment funds. To date, nearly $5 million in reinvestment funds have increased access to community-based services in the Southern Tier.
May 19, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the $36 million Norwood Terrace supportive housing development in the Bronx. The 115-unit housing project, operated by Concern for Independent Living, includes supportive services for homeless adults with psychiatric disabilities, along with affordable housing for low-income individuals and families.
April 24, 2017
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the availability of up to $75,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. This funding represents the revenues received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes.
April 18, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $6.5 million awarded to pediatric and family medical practices across New York. Funding will allow 17 health centers to implement the HealthySteps program, which works to integrate a child and family development professional into pediatric and family medicine offices to help identify, monitor, and address emerging behavioral or developmental health concerns in young children.
April 06, 2017
The New York State Office of Mental Health and New York State Homes and Community Renewal today announced the opening of a $16.6 million housing development at 175 Alexander Street in Rochester. Alexander Commons will offer affordable and supportive housing options with on-site behavioral health services provided by East House.
March 17, 2017
OMH has released its Statewide Comprehensive Five-Year Plan for 2016-2020. This report is also known as the “5.07 Plan”, after section 5.07 of NYS mental hygiene law. The 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.
March 13, 2017
The Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced that it plans to hire several hundred Mental Health Therapy Aides (MHTAs) over the next two years at locations throughout NYS. Eligible candidates must register for, and successfully complete, the MHTA Trainee Civil Service exam, scheduled for May 13, 2017.
March 13, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $1 million energy-saving project in Brentwood at New York State Office of Mental Health’s Pilgrim Psychiatric Center. The energy efficiency project will save $114,000 in annual energy costs and remove nearly 500 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere every year—the equivalent of taking more than 100 cars off the road.
March 13, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the $7.5 million Riverview Apartments development in the City of Cortland. The two-story, 39-unit building provides affordable housing for low-income families and for individuals in need of behavioral health services.
February 1, 2017
The Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council (BHSAC) meeting scheduled for March 23, 2017, has been canceled. The Office of Mental Health apologizes for any inconvenience and will release the date of April’s meeting within the next few weeks.
January 26, 2017
The behavioral health community has lost a great crusader and colleague in Dr. Phyllis Harrison-Ross, and I am personally saddened by the loss of my dear friend and inspiration. Dr. Harrison-Ross was an innovator. Many of the concepts for which she advocated during her career are becoming standard practice today, such as telemedicine, the movement from institutional to community-based care, and the integration of behavioral and physical health care. These are the pillars of the mental health system we work hard to strengthen every day and they will live on because of Dr. Harrison-Ross’s dedication and innovation. But perhaps more importantly, she believed that care must be delivered with humanity and compassion. Dr. Harrison-Ross fought for social justice, for quality behavioral care for the incarcerated, the underserved, and for children with developmental, emotional and physical disabilities. We will all miss her vision, her brilliance, and most of all, her heart.
January 23, 2017
The New York State Office of Mental Health, the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Health today announced that New York has been selected to participate in a two-year demonstration program to better integrate community-based physical and behavioral healthcare services and promote access to improved primary care, mental health, and substance-use disorder services.
January 23, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking of a $17 million housing development in Jamaica, Queens. The mixed-use housing development will feature 44 units and provide tenants with behavioral health concerns a number of supportive mental health services to promote independence and self-sufficiency.