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Office of Mental Health

Bureau of Inspection and Certification (BIC)


Any existing or prospective mental health provider, subject to the jurisdiction of the Office of Mental Health (OMH), is required to obtain an operating certificate (License) from the Commissioner prior to the operation of such facilities and programs.

Providers seeking an operating certificate from OMH must meet the appropriate criteria for quality, safety, and fiscal viability.

Prior Approval Review (PAR)

Application for certification (license) from OMH is through the PAR process.

Please note: a certified program provides a range of planned services. These services:

  • are pre-defined by regulation to meet the specified needs of persons with mental illness
  • require the prior approval of the Commissioner of OMH
  • have been issued an operating certificate

OMH Standards of Care

Assertive Community Treatment
Part 599 Clinic Program
Personalized Recovery Oriented Services (PROS)

Relevant Laws and Regulations:

Article 31 of the NYS Mental Hygiene LawLeaving OMH site

Title 14 of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (14 NYCRR) Part 551Leaving OMH site


Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Inspection and Certification (BIC).