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Office of Mental Health

Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about mental health, mental illness and New York State’s public mental health system. You will find some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers here, and check back often for additions and updates. If you don't find what you're looking forr, contact us.

  1. How do I find a job at the Office of Mental Health?
  1. Please review the employment information available in the employment section of our website. From this page you may view the current job openings for each OMH facility as well as by occupation. Information regarding Civil Service examinations is also available.
  1. Can I get a copy of a birth or death certificate for a family member that was a resident of one of the Office of Mental Health's facilities?
  1. Birth records, death records, and marriage records are considered Vital Records in New York State and generally can be accessed by the public. If you are interested in exploring this option, you can obtain more information on how to obtain these records on the New York State Department of Health's vital Records website at Leaving OMH site
  1. I have been doing genealogy research and have discovered that one of my relatives was a resident at one of the Office of Mental Health facilities. I would like to find out any personal or medical information about them. Can I obtain a copy of these records?
  1. The Office of Mental Health does not provide copies of medical records for genealogy purposes. Please visit the Department of Health for genealogy records and resources. The only exception would be if you believe a patient was buried in one of our cemeteries. Learn more about Requesting Medical Records.