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Office of Mental Health

Transforming Children’s Mental Health Services in Western New York

Childhood is a time for emotional growth, learning and budding aspirations of what to be when you grow up. Consistent with our mission, the Office of Mental Health is committed to making this a reality for children and families who struggle together with behavioral health issues during these critical years.

By reinvesting resources and expanding services with savings associated with the relocation of children’s inpatient services from West Seneca to Buffalo, OMH is improving the system and transitioning it to a richer and integrated network of person-centered community-based supports and wrap-around services. This transformation will provide the region with a state of the art inpatient system that leverages the considerable assets available within the City of Buffalo and our OMH Buffalo campus.

OMH has already pre-invested approximately $1.7 million in anticipated savings into community-based child and family services in Western NY. This has allowed OMH to provide services to more than 500 additional children and families. Once relocation is completed, OMH will reinvest a total of $3.2 million in estimated annual savings, enabling us to provide services to more than 1,000 additional children. Those services would be lost without the savings to be generated by the relocation.

An important component of our mission to improve and expand services for the children and families of Western New York has been the input we’ve received from all interested stakeholders - families, consumers, providers, local officials, and the general public.

The Office of Mental Health recognizes that this initiative will impact your children, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, students and clients, and we hope that you will continue to be part of the discussion on improving our Western New York children's service system.

More information about the OMH plan for children and family services in Western New York can be found below: