New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 700,000 individuals each year. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 4,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.
For questions about mental health services, to find a mental health service provider or to make a complaint, call OMH Customer Relations toll-free at 1-800-597-8481.
Contact OMH and County Mental Health Agencies:
2016 – 2017 Enacted Budget
The 2016-2017 Enacted Budget for the Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides resources to support and expand the existing network of community mental health programs and services offset by cost saving measures required to balance the State’s budget. The 2016-17 Enacted Aid to Localities budget provides support for targeted investments in community based mental health services to expand capacity in areas to reduce the need for state inpatient beds, as well as growth for operational costs to support residential units already in development opening throughout 2016-2017.
For information on the 2015-2016 budget, please visit 2015-2016 Enacted Budget.
Mental Health Acronyms
View a list of abbreviations used on the OMH website.
OMH Regulations include those regulations that are currently under public review and those that were recently adopted by the Commissioner of Mental Health, whose responsibility it is to adopt regulations which are necessary and proper to implement any matter under his jurisdiction.
The OMH Organization Chart details the organizational structure of the agency.
The Office of Planning web pages provide information and a catalog of links to an array of data, reports and planning resources for use in state and local planning including the Behavioral Health Services Advisory Council.
OMH operates two world-renowned Research Institutes, Nathan Kline Institute and New York State Psychiatric Institute. These institutes are among the preeminent sources for psychiatric research in the United States and continue to break new ground in the worlds of research, practice, treatment and policy.
Statewide Comprehensive Plan
The Statewide Comprehensive Plan for Mental Health Services is a five-year plan for the provision of state and local mental health services. The Plan is updated annually for the next five years to be responsive to changing needs and developments.
Publications, Statistics & Reports:
OMH provides several publications regarding behavioral health for consumers, families, providers, and other interested parties. These publications are available online and others are available in printed format upon request.
Statistics and Reports
OMH operates multiple databases which present statistics on the mental health system and specific programs throughout the State. OMH also publishes reports, both voluntarily and legislatively mandated, on many issues important to New York residents.