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The Office of Mental Health Announces Partnerships to Reimagine Mental Health and Improve Access to Services

March 31, 2021

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced a new awareness campaign and partnership with non-profit organizations and advocacy groups to help New Yorkers better understand mental health issues and the services available.


Technology Helps OMH Increase Access and Continuity of Healthcare

March 31, 2021

OMH acted quickly in early March 2020, waiving certain regulations to allow rapid approval for the use of telehealth, and providing regulatory and billing flexibility to encourage the expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency.


OMH Issues $30 Million RFP for Support Teams to Assist Vulnerable and Long-Term Homeless In NYC

March 5, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop eight treatment teams that will work with vulnerable New Yorkers living with mental illness, including people transitioning from inpatient care and long-term homeless people living on the streets and in the subway system.


Commissioner’s Testimony on the 2021-22 Executive Budget

February 5, 2021

Commissioner Sullivan presented testimony on the 2021-22 Executive Budget to the NYS Assembly and NYS Senate Fiscal Committees


Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Awards to Finance Construction and Services for 1,200 Supportive Housing Units

January 29, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the fifth round of awards from the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative, which will provide $30 million annually to fund support services and operating costs for at least 1,200 units of supportive housing for homeless persons with special needs, conditions or other challenges. The 179 conditional awards will help 104 community providers create housing opportunities in 41 counties across New York.


Governor Cuomo Announces Proposal to Expand Access to Telehealth for All as Part of 2021 State of the State

January 10, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced legislation to expand and improve access to telehealth for all as part of the 2021 State of the State. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the inequities in our healthcare system and showed that telehealth is a critical tool to expand access and lower costs for low-income communities, especially for behavioral health support. During the crisis, the Governor took executive action to expand access to remote care, and these proposals codify and build on those successful reforms.


Office of Mental Health Seeks to Address the Social Determinants That Affect Mental Health in Our Communities

January 1, 2021

A part of New York State's strength lies in its diversity, which provides us with the wisdom of many different cultures from which we can all learn. But diversity is often accompanied by inexcusable inequity, as residents of some communities are exposed greater risk of health problems.