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.