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Office of Mental Health

Medication Grant Program

In August of 1999, the Governor signed Kendra's Law. This legislation provided assisted outpatient treatment for some individuals in New York's Mental Health system. Information on this section of the law is easily accessible through the OMH web page.

This legislation also provides grants for the cost of medications and other services needed to prescribe and administer medication for individuals with a mental illness who leave the local jails, state prisons or hospitals and have applied for Medicaid (Chapter 15 of Kendra's Law). Currently the way the system works, many individuals who leave these jails, prisons and hospitals receive only limited supplies of medication until they qualify for Medicaid. The Medication Grant program provides funding to counties to pay for the individual's mental health medications and services related to providing medication during their pendency of a Medicaid determination.

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