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Office of Mental Health

Guidance Documents

As defined in section 202-e of the State Administrative Procedure Act, a guidance document is any guideline, memorandum or similar document, prepared by an agency, that provides general information or guidance to assist regulated parties in complying with any statute, rule or other legal requirement. The term does not include documents that concern only the internal management of the agency, such as a policy that applies only to an OMH operated facility or program.

Current OMH Guidance Documents:

Guidance on COVID-19

Commissioner’s Regulatory Waiver - UPDATED (August 23, 2021)

Commissioner’s Regulatory Waiver - Amendment (June 28, 2021)

Commissioner’s Regulatory Waiver (June 25, 2021)

Waiver issued to help service providers meet local needs while maintaining program integrity.

COVID-19 Reporting

  • Daily COVID-19 Data
    Provides data on infections and confirmed deaths caused by COVID-19 virus among the patients, clients, and staffs of our psychiatric centers.

Governor's Mask Requirement

Emergency Regulation Part 566 – COVID-19 Mask Requirement


OMH Program Guidance

Infection Control Guidance

OMH Fiscal/Contract Guidance

OMH State-Operated Facility Guidance

Other NYS Agency Guidance

OMH Telemental Health Guidance

Other NYS Agency Telehealth Guidance

COVID-19 Webinars

Non COVID-19 Guidance

Adult Services

Behavioral Health Managed Care

Bureau of Cultural Competence

Children and Family Services

Clinic and Ambulatory Restructuring

Community Budget and Fiscal Management

Health Services


Inspection and Certification

Office of Performance Management and Evaluation

Planning Office

Public Information Office