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Office of Mental Health Helping New Yorkers Heal After Mass Shooting

May 18, 2022

ALBANY, N.Y. (WTEN) — In the wake of the mass shooting that happened in Buffalo, the state’s Office of Mental Health is providing necessary resources to help New Yorkers heal. The Office says what happened in Buffalo was of colossal magnitude and requires a long-term healing process.

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Governor Hochul Signs Legislation to Provide Addiction and Mental Health Services Training for First Responders

May 6, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today signed legislation S.07144/A.07686 providing addiction and mental health services training, including crisis intervention team training, mental health first aid, implicit bias and naloxone training, to firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in regions where crisis stabilization centers are located.

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New York State Recognizes Central New York Program for Its Efforts to Improve Children’s Mental Health

May 3, 2022

Albany, NY –New York State is honoring The Promise Zone, a school-based mental health program in Onondaga County, with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Community/Organization Award.

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New York State Recognizes Capital Region School District for Its Impact on Student Mental Wellness

May 3, 2022

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring the Rensselaer City School District and its Project AWARE program with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ School/School District Award. This award recognizes education systems that have increasingly recognized the importance of supporting wellness and addressing the mental health needs of its students.

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New York State Recognizes Long Island Mother for Improving Mental Health Outcomes

May 3, 2022

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Nicole Drey, a Licensed Master Social Worker from Long Island, with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Family/Caregiver Award. This award recognizes family members or caregivers who have made a difference in their community through their professional or volunteer work, using their own lived experience.

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New York State Recognizes Long Island System of Care for Its Dedication to Children’s Mental Health

May 3, 2022

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring the Hempstead Prevention Coalition with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ System of Care Award.

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New York State Recognizes Southern Tier Psychiatrist with Lifetime Achievement Award

May 3, 2022

Albany, NY –New York State is honoring Dr. Esteban Fuertes, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Greater Binghamton Health Center, with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

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New York State Recognizes Western New York Youth for Inspirational Advocacy Efforts

May 3, 2022

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Angela Colon-Rentas, a Rochester-based Youth Peer Advocate, with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Youth/Young Adult Award. This award recognizes young people with lived mental health experience who have taken their personal mental health knowledge and experiences to make a difference in their community.

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New York State Landmarks to Be Lit in Blue for Tardive Dyskinesia Awareness Week

May 2, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced that New York State landmarks will be lit in blue on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 to help raise awareness of tardive dyskinesia (TD), a movement disorder characterized by a range of repetitive muscle movements in the face, neck, arms, and legs. TD primarily occurs as a side effect of long-term use of certain antipsychotic medications as well as medications used to treat nausea and neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease.

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Governor Hochul Announces $7.2 Million Federal Award to Strengthen Crisis Call Centers

April 29, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York State has been awarded $7.2 million by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to help strengthen crisis call center services in preparation for the transition on July 16, 2022, of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to the number 988 from the current 1-800-273-8255.

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Peer Professionals and the Important Role They Play in the Recovery Process

April 20, 2022

The work of Peer professionals complements the work done by therapists, case managers, and other members of a treatment team. Numerous research studies have indicated that Peer professionals can play a significant role in improving health and wellness, because of their ability to build trust, form one-to-one relationships, and give hope to others.

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OMH Announces Funding to Strengthen Suicide Prevention Efforts for Veterans and Uniformed Personnel

March 30, 2022

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced funding for a new initiative to strengthen resiliency and suicide prevention efforts among military Veterans and uniformed personnel, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical service members, and corrections officers.

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Governor Hochul Announces $50 Million Available to Increase Student Access to Mental Health Services

March 30, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced up to $50 million in available funding for school districts to improve student access to mental health resources and assist students who have experienced trauma that has impacted their education. A Request for Proposals has been issued by the New York State Office of Mental Health, who will administer the program.

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Governor Hochul Announces $21 Million in Funding for Nation’s First Assertive Community Treatment Teams Dedicated to Children and Their Families

March 29, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul announced $21 million in funding awards for 15 Youth Assertive Community Treatment teams. New York is the first state in the nation to enact Youth Assertive Community Treatment teams, which serve children ages 10 to 21 and their families, providing services and support in the home and community settings.

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OMH Announces 2022 Mental Health Equity Journey Awards

March 15, 2022

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the recipients of the agency’s 2022 Mental Health Equity Journey Awards, which are given to organizations and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to improving access to healthcare for New Yorkers in marginalized and underserved communities.

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Governor Hochul Announces $2.5 Million In Funding for Mental Health Resource Center for Schools

March 14, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the availability of $2.5 million over five years to create and support a Mental Health Resource and Training Technical Assistance Center for Schools. The center will support all New York State public and private schools, and assist them in providing mental health education as part of the K-12 health curricula.

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OMH Announces Availability of $105,000 in Funding for Stigma Reduction Projects

March 3, 2022

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the availability of up to $105,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. Funding is provided through the voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016, which allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes.

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Governor Hochul Announces Funding for Additional Innovative, Effective Community-Based Treatment Teams

March 2, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul announced the availability of more than $14 million in annual funding for 14 new Assertive Community Treatment teams across the State. ACT is an innovative and highly effective community-based mental health program that serves individuals who have serious mental illness and have not been successfully engaged by the traditional mental health treatment and rehabilitation system.

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Governor Hochul Announces Major Investments to Improve Psychiatric Support for Those in Crisis

February 18, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today, at an event with New York City Mayor Eric Adams, announced major investments to help improve access to acute mental health care and hospital psychiatric beds across New York State. The initiatives are part of a plan to provide the necessary support and services for people with serious mental illness experiencing homelessness, as well as others in crisis.

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Governor Hochul Establishes Office of the Chief Disability Officer

February 14, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the establishment of the Office of the Chief Disability Officer to advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and appointed Kimberly T. Hill as the State's first Chief Disability Officer.

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Governor Hochul Announces $100 Million for Behavioral Health Crisis Stabilization Centers

February 2, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced availability of more than $100 million in funding over the next five years for 12 new Intensive Crisis Stabilization Centers across the State that will provide immediate care for people who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), have issued a joint Request for Proposals to fund development of the Centers.

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Governor Hochul Announces Expanded Initiatives to Address Street Homelessness

January 21, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced expanded initiatives to address homelessness and help provide intensive outreach, engagement, and care coordination services on the streets and in the subway in New York City, and announced the launch of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for nonprofit organizations to operate specialized "Safe Options Support" teams consisting of direct outreach workers as well as clinicians to help more New Yorkers come off of streets and into shelters and/or housing.

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Governor Hochul Announces Direct Payments to Healthcare Workers as Part of $10 Billion Healthcare Plan

January 5, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a $10 billion multi-year investment in healthcare, the largest in State history, to rebuild and grow the healthcare workforce and strengthen the healthcare system as part of the 2022 State of the State.

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Governor Hochul Announces Major Statewide Initiative to End the Homelessness Crisis and Address Longstanding Inequities in Housing

January 5, 2022

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a major statewide effort to fight the homelessness crisis and address longstanding inequities in the housing market as part of the 2022 State of the State. Governor Hochul will establish Safe Options Support (SOS) teams throughout New York City and in targeted regions throughout the state where street homelessness is most widespread, and use public funds to implement initiatives that expand housing access and protect tenants from eviction.

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The Important Role Volunteers Play in OMH’s Mission to Help Vulnerable New Yorkers

January 5, 2022

Volunteers are extraordinary people who play a critical role in behavioral healthcare. This was never more evident than during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic when the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) reached out to mental health care professionals and asked that they volunteer to help New Yorkers who were feeling the stress and anxiety caused by the pandemic.