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Office of Mental Health Announces Development of Supportive and Affordable Housing on Staten Island Leaving OMH site

December 29, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to design and build two mixed-use housing projects on Staten Island. The developments will feature both supportive and affordable housing units, with preferential placements given to veterans and Staten Island residents.

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Office of Mental Health Announces New Telepsychiatry Regulations to Expand Access to Psychiatric Services Leaving OMH site

November 21, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announced the adoption of new regulations which will expand the availability of psychiatric services in communities throughout New York. The new regulations will allow virtual psychiatry appointments between any providers licensed under Article 31 of the Mental Hygiene Law, with specific provisions to ensure quality of care and patient confidentiality. Previous regulations enacted in February 2015 limited the use of telepsychiatry between Article 31 licensed clinics.

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Office of Mental Health Announces Grand Opening of Crisis-Respite House for North Country Children Leaving OMH site

November 3, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced the grand opening of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Child and Adolescent Crisis Respite House, a new short-stay residential program for children in Ogdensburg, New York. The program provides a safe reprieve for children in crisis, as an alternative to inpatient psychiatric admissions. This program addresses an identified need for alternative and community-based mental health services in the North Country and builds upon the success of other crisis-respite programs developed throughout the state.

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2016 Statewide Virtual OMH Town Hall featuring Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D

October 31, 2016

Registration is Now Open!
Registration is now open for the OMH Statewide Virtual Town Hall on November 16, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future, including the Commissioner’s top policy and planning priorities. Comments and questions can be presented both online and live for those attending at an OMH site.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of $24.8 Million Affordable Housing Development in Ronkonkoma Leaving OMH site

October 27, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the $24.8 million Liberty Landing apartments in Ronkonkoma, Suffolk County. The 59-unit supportive housing project, operated by Concern for Independent Living, offers residential based support services to formerly homeless veterans, in addition to affordable housing for low income Long Island families.

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Save the Date! Statewide Virtual OMH Town Hall featuring Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. PDF Document

October 11, 2016

OMH is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall on November 16, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. with Commissioner Ann Marie Sullivan, M.D. presenting the 'Commissioner’s Transformation Agenda for a Changing Healthcare Environment'.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Announces $4.9 Million Expansion of Program Connecting Children with Behavioral Health Services Leaving OMH site

October 5, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced the launch of the Project TEACH Statewide Coordination Center, which will further expand a program that supports the treatment of children with mild-to-moderate mental health problems within pediatric primary care settings.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $8 Million Outreach Program to Expand Mental Health, Addiction and Aging Services for Older New Yorkers Leaving OMH site

September 23, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that eight mental health providers have been selected to receive $7.96 million through the Partnership Innovation for Older Adults program. The recipients will establish community programs that identify adults age 55 or older whose independence or survival in the community is in jeopardy because of a mental health, substance use, or aging-related concern.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of $14.4 Million Affordable Housing Development in Ontario County Leaving OMH site

September 16, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the grand opening of the $14.4 million Trolley Station Apartments in Canandaigua, Ontario County. The 48-unit supportive housing development, operated by DePaul Community Services, offers residential based services for low-income individuals and residents with behavioral health issues.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Conditional Awards for Development of First 1,200 Supportive Housing Units Leaving OMH site

September 13, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the first conditional awards that will support the development of 1,200 units of supportive housing for vulnerable New Yorkers who are at risk of homelessness.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Announces Statewide Suicide Prevention Plan Leaving OMH site

September 12, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced the release of an extensive, multifaceted plan for suicide prevention, aimed at reducing New York State’s suicide rate. To guide suicide prevention statewide, 1,700 Too Many: New York State’s Suicide Prevention Plan will empower communities, healthcare professionals, and researchers with the tools they need to decrease the number of deaths by suicide.

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1,700 Too Many: The 2016-2017 New York State Suicide Prevention Plan PDF Document

September 12, 2016

While New York State has one of the lowest suicide rates in the country, all states have witnessed an alarming rise in suicides over the last decade. In response, New York State has developed a comprehensive and multi-faceted suicide prevention plan that is the first of its kind nationwide. By working together, we can prevent suicide. Read it today.

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Color Me Hopeful PDF Document

September 07, 2016

For the 2016 Great New York State Fair, the Office of Mental Health contacted some of the individuals who are involved in the art therapy programs at our state facilities and asked to feature their artwork in a coloring book.

The images you see within this coloring book are original artwork created by the people we serve. The color has just been removed so you can use your own imagination to color in between the lines… or outside of them! We’re making the coloring book available online so that everyone can print it out at home and enjoy the healing power of creativity. So color away!

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Office of Mental Health Announces Loan Repayment Program to Attract Psychiatrists to New York Psychiatric Centers Leaving OMH site

August 31, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced that applications are being accepted for the Doctors Across New York (DANY) Psychiatrist Loan Repayment Program. This incentive offers up to $150,000 in tax-free reimbursement for psychiatrists with active student loan debt who agree to serve at a New York State Office of Mental Health psychiatric center for at least five years.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Action to Ensure Insurers Comply With Mental Health Equity Standards Leaving OMH site

July 27, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that the Department of Financial Services has issued guidance to ensure that insurers do not unfairly discriminate against individuals facing mental health disorders. In a letter, DFS informed health insurers of their responsibility to provide the same level of coverage for mental health and substance use disorders as for medical or surgical care.

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Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program Request for Application Announcement PDF Document

July 20, 2016

On July 20, 2016, the New York State Department of Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York announced the availability of funds under the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program, established pursuant to Section 2825-d of the Public Health Law.

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Office of Mental Health Announces $2 Million Renovation of Madison Street Clinic in Downtown Syracuse Leaving OMH site

July 12, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced the grand opening of Hutchings Psychiatric Center’s renovated Madison Street Clinic in downtown Syracuse. The clinic is now the largest adult outpatient clinic in the area and will be adding primary healthcare services to the existing behavioral health services provided by Hutchings Psychiatric Center.

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Office of Mental Health Announces Groundbreaking of $1.5 Million Behavioral Health Clinic in Western New York Leaving OMH site

July 12, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced the groundbreaking of a new outpatient behavioral health clinic in Gowanda, New York. The facility will offer outpatient services through the Office of Mental Health’s Buffalo Psychiatric Center and Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, among other programs.

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New York State Announces Re-Opening of Long Island Community Residence Damaged by Superstorm Sandy Flooding Leaving OMH site

June 13, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced the reopening of a community residence on Long Island for individuals with behavioral health concerns that was badly damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012

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New York State Launches Phase One of Unprecedented $10.4 Billion Homelessness Action Plan Leaving OMH site

June 2, 2016

New York State announced the launch of Phase One of the Homelessness Action Plan, which is part of a multifaceted, focused and comprehensive package of initiatives involving multiple agencies. In his 2016 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo proposed a historic $10.4 billion commitment to combat homelessness statewide over the next five years, which includes $2.6 billion for new supportive housing units and $7.8 billion for continuing commitments in support of existing supportive housing units, shelter beds, and other homeless services.

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Governor Cuomo Announces More Than $6 Million to Help Children's Behavioral Health Providers Improve Health Information Technology Leaving OMH site

May 9, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the award of $6,081,700 to help 122 behavioral health providers that offer children's services improve or develop their technological infrastructure. These funds, awarded statewide, will be used by providers to implement new technologies to launch or update their Medicaid billing infrastructure

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Office of Mental Health Announces $1.4 Million Expansion of Program Linking Pediatric Primary Care Providers with Child Psychiatrists Leaving OMH site

May 5, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health announced the expansion of a program that supports treatment of children with mild-to-moderate mental health problems within pediatric primary care settings. Project TEACH (Training and Education for the Advancement of Children’s Health) links pediatric primary care providers with child psychiatrists to provide immediate consultation services and expands the availability and accessibility of children’s psychiatric services throughout New York State.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of Three Additional Programs Aimed at Helping Youth With Schizophrenia Leaving OMH site

May 3, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the expansion of a state program that helps young adults with newly emerging psychotic symptoms. Run by the state Office of Mental Health, the OnTrackNY program provides young adults with innovative, team-based psychiatric treatment, employment and educational services, as well as family education and support at locations throughout New York State. Three new locations are now open in Manhattan, Rochester and Albany, and eight additional sites are slated to open across the state by the end of 2016.

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May is Mental Health Month- A Message from Commissioner SullivanPDF Document

May 3, 2016

The Office of Mental Health is pleased to join with individuals and organizations across New York State, the United States, and the world as we recognize May as Mental Health Month.

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2016-2017 Enacted Budget

April 29, 2016

he Office of Mental Health's final 2016-2017 Enacted Budget includes more than $3.97 billion in All Funds Appropriations, which represents a net year to year increase of $40.28 million.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking of New $7.35 Million Affordable Housing Development in Cortland Leaving OMH site

April 27, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that construction has begun on the $7.35 million Riverview Apartments project in Cortland. When complete, the two-story, 39-unit building will provide affordable housing for low-income families as well as supportive housing for individuals who require behavioral health services. Christopher Community Inc. is developing the project which is being funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, the Community Preservation Corporation and Enterprise Community Investment. Catholic Charities of Cortland County will provide comprehensive mental health services to the tenants in the supportive units.)

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Justice Center Self-Assessment Tool for an Abuse Free Environment Leaving OMH site

March 24, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health has partnered with the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs in the development of an optional tool for providers under the jurisdiction of the New York State Protection of People with Special Needs Act. The tool is the Self-Assessment for an Abuse Free Environment. It is a voluntary tool that providers can use to evaluate their programs for risk of quality management vulnerabilities and to provide resources to mitigate identified risk areas.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million to Help Non-Profits Improve Health Information Technology Systems Leaving OMH site

March 17, 2016

Andrew M. Cuomo announced $10 million in awards to help non-profit behavioral health and developmental disability service providers improve and develop their technological infrastructure. These awards will be used by providers to strengthen information technology operations as New York State continues the transition to Medicaid Managed Care for Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability healthcare.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $6.8 Million to Expand Mental Health Services for Children Leaving OMH site

March 16, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $6.8 million in available funds to implement the Healthy Steps for Young Children program in 19 sites throughout New York State. This program, offered by the New York State Office of Mental Health, will fund the integration of a child and family development professional into pediatric and family medicine doctors’ offices, to help identify, monitor and treat emerging behavioral and developmental health concerns in young children.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $2.4 Million in Funding to Support Employment of Individuals with Disabilities Leaving OMH site

March 8, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $2.4 million has been distributed to 100 organizations that provide employment services to individuals with disabilities via the New York State Employment Services System. This funding is part of the Governor’s Employment First Initiative to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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Update to Clinical Records System Offers Many Improvements

March 7, 2016

Version 3.0 of the New York State Clinical Records Initiative (NYSCRI) Operational System is now online. Developed by the OMH Office of Medical Informatics, this update is designed to help OMH mental health clinics that run adult and child treatment programs (Part 599 Clinics) manage their office resources so that they can focus on caring for clients. It offers access to data based on regulations, standards, and person-centered care. This new version offers users improved search capabilities, the ability to generate completed forms and takes advantage of advances in clinical thinking from OMH and the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS).

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New York State Office of Mental Health Announces 'Brain Day' Event at Nathan Kline Institute Leaving OMH site

March 3, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health is excited to announce "Brain Day," a free, family-oriented event to highlight brain science and mental health, on Sunday, March 13, 2016, at the Nathan Kline Institute in Orangeburg, New York.

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Office of Mental Health Announces Upcoming Suicide Prevention Training Events Leaving OMH site

March 1, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced upcoming suicide prevention training courses occurring throughout New York State. These free or low-cost training sessions are both scheduled and available by request in every county of the state. Various trainings are available for the general public in addition to targeted trainings for teachers, nurses, police officers and teens.

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New York Awarded Nearly $1 Million to Support Community Mental Health , Substance Use Disorder Programs Leaving OMH site

February 23, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services announced today that New York has been awarded a federal planning grant of $982,373 to strengthen its community-based mental health care and substance use disorder programs through the development of new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) in pilot sites across the state.

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Hutchings Psychiatric Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University Awarded $375,000 Grant to Train Onondaga County Residents in Mental Health First Aid Leaving OMH site

February 23, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health’s Hutchings Psychiatric Center and SUNY Upstate Medical University announced that they have been awarded a $375,000 three-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to support the training of a diverse group of adults in Mental Health First Aid. This training will help adults detect mental illness occurring in youth in Onondaga County and connect them with needed services.

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HCR, OMH and Partners Announce Opening of $20 Million, 53-Unit, Herkimer Street Residence Leaving OMH site

February 11, 2016

State agencies and partners dedicated the Herkimer Street Residence, a 53-unit housing development in Brooklyn for low income individuals and formerly homeless adults recovering from mental illness. New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), elected officials, The Bridge, Enterprise Community Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and TD Bank joined to celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new building, constructed under the NY/NY III supportive housing program. Of the 53 apartments in the building, 33 studios and two-bedroom apartments are reserved for formerly homeless adults recovering from mental illness and young adults aging out of foster care..

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New York State Announces Opening of $350 Million Bronx Behavioral Health Campus Leaving OMH site

January 21, 2016

The New York State Office of Mental Health and the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York announced the opening of the new $350 million Bronx Behavioral Health Campus in the Morris Park section of the Bronx, New York City. The new 436,310-square-foot facility features modern amenities for the 156-bed Bronx Psychiatric Center, the 86-bed New York City Children’s Center- Bronx Campus, and an expanded 188-bed residential village providing transitional and supported housing to adults with behavioral health issues.

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Regulations Protecting Transgender New Yorkers from Discrimination Take Effect Today Leaving OMH site

January 20, 2016

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the New York State Division of Human Rights has adopted new regulations that ban discrimination and harassment against transgender people. The regulations are effective today, and affirm that transgender individuals are protected under the state’s Human Rights Law.