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.