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Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million in Awards for 1,200 Supportive Housing Units Across New York State

November 18, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 163 conditional awards totaling $30 million to agencies in 43 counties across New York to provide support services and operating funding for at least 1,200 units of supportive housing for homeless persons with special needs, conditions or other challenges. This is the fourth funding round of the Governor's Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative. Announced in 2016, ESSHI is one component of the Governor's historic $20 billion, five-year plan to create or preserve more than 100,000 affordable and at least 6,000 supportive housing units.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $52 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in the Bronx

November 12, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of a new $52 million state-of-the-art affordable and supportive housing complex at 111 East 172nd Street in the Mount Eden neighborhood of the Bronx. With 126 apartments, the development addresses priority housing needs for low-income New Yorkers, including formerly homeless individuals and furthers ongoing community revitalization in the Bronx. The building includes on-site support services for 60 people living with mental illness, allowing them to live independently with improved health outcomes and reducing the need for costly emergency department and inpatient services.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $17 Million Affordable Housing Development in The Village of Perry

October 10, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of DePaul's Knitting Mill Apartments, a 48-apartment, $17 million affordable housing development in the Village of Perry. More than half of the apartments are reserved for individuals eligible for onsite supportive services that offer job training and promote stability, health and independent living. The Knitting Mill Apartments are part of the Finger Lakes Forward initiative; increasing access to high quality, supportive and affordable housing helping residents to stay in their community and live independently.

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NYS Office of Mental Health Cuts Ribbon at New Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents

October 9, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health today celebrated the opening of the Greater Binghamton Health Center's (GBHC) new state-of-the-art outpatient clinic for children and adolescents between five and 17 years old. The new clinic space will improve access to services for members of the community and consolidate children’s services under one roof, greatly improving overall efficiency.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Capital Region School District for Extraordinary Suicide Prevention Efforts

September 18, 2019

The East Greenbush School District, in Rensselaer County, has been awarded the New York State Office of Mental Health's (OMH) "Excellence in Suicide Prevention: Creating and Strengthening Suicide Safer School and Youth Initiatives Award."

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Chautauqua County Widow for Her Commitment to Suicide Prevention Efforts

September 18, 2019

Carri Raynor, of Chautauqua County, has been awarded the New York State Office of Mental Health's (OMH) "Excellence in Suicide Prevention: Journey of Healing Award".

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Office Of Mental Health Recognizes Mid-Hudson Mother For Her Extraordinary Community-Based Suicide Prevention Efforts

September 18, 2019

Tina Lee, the Community Education and Outreach Manager of the National Alliance on Mental Illness – New York State (NAMI-NYS), has been awarded the New York State Office of Mental Health's (OMH) "Excellence in Suicide Prevention: Creating and Strengthening Suicide Safer Communities Award".

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Office Of Mental Health Recognizes New York Doctor for a Lifetime of Leadership on Suicide Prevention

September 18, 2019

Edward Dunne, a suicide prevention expert from New York, has been awarded the New York State Office of Mental Health's (OMH) "Fred Meservey Life & Leadership Award." The award, presented every two years, is given to a New Yorker who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in the field of suicide prevention.

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Governor Cuomo Launches Statewide Education Campaign on New Red Flag Law

September 18, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a statewide education campaign on New York's new Red Flag gun safety law. The Governor hosted the first of three conferences to help teachers, school administrators and parent representatives understand the new law and how to use it to keep schools safe. The law, part of the nation's strongest gun laws, establishes a new civil procedure that allows a concerned family member, school official or member of law enforcement to obtain a court order - known as an Extreme Risk Protection Order - to remove and keep guns away from individuals who pose a serious risk of harm to themselves or others.

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The Office of Mental Health to Host Fourth Annual Suicide Prevention Conference

September 12, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) will be holding its fourth annual New York State Suicide Prevention Conference: “STRONGER TOGETHER: Embracing Diversity and State/Local Partnerships in Suicide Prevention” on September 18th and 19th at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany.

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Message from OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan

On World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2019

Today, on World Suicide Prevention Day, we reflect on the extraordinary toll suicide takes on individuals, families and communities, and we recommit ourselves to expanding suicide prevention efforts across New York State. It is critical that every New Yorker has access to the resources and mental health services they need to lead productive healthy lives.

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New York State Expands Early Intervention Service for Young Adults with Schizophrenia

September 5, 2019

Albany, NY- The Office of Mental Health today announced an expansion of the state-run program that helps young adults with newly emerging psychotic symptoms. OnTrackNY provides young adults with innovative, team-based psychiatric treatment, employment and educational services, as well as family education and support at locations throughout New York State. New York State has received a $4.9 million federal grant to fund 2 new OnTrackNY teams downstate.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $30 Million Available to Fund Operating Costs of at Least 1,200 Supportive Housing Units

August 16, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the fourth funding round of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative - or ESSHI - which will provide up to $30 million in service and operating funding for at least 1,200 units of supportive housing. Announced in 2016, ESSHI is one component of the Governor's historic $20 billion, five-year plan to create or preserve more than 100,000 affordable and 6,000 supportive housing units.

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Office of Mental Health Receives Federal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant

August 15, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has been awarded a five-year $3.68 million youth suicide prevention grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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Governor Cuomo Directs Department of Health to Apply for Federal Waiver to Provide Medicaid Services to Incarcerated Individuals Leaving Prisons and Jails

August 14, 2019

The New York State Department of Health today announced that at Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's direction, it is submitting for public comment an application to the US Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services, to provide Medicaid services to certain incarcerated individuals about to be released from county jails and New York State prisons. The services will be provided beginning 30 days prior to the release date for people enrolled in Medicaid with certain serious health conditions.

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New York State Adopts New Regulation to Expand and Improve Crisis Management Services Statewide

August 5, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the adoption of regulatory amendments that will allow for an expansion of the state’s crisis response system while emphasizing person-centered recovery and rehabilitation in the community.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $187 Million in Funding to Strengthen and Preserve Access to High-Quality Health Care Leaving OMH site

July 31, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $187 million in funding to support 25 statewide projects that will protect and transform New York State's health care system. This funding from the Statewide Health Care Facility Transformation Program will improve patient care through the development of high-quality medical facilities and programs serving the inpatient, primary care, mental health, substance use disorder and long-term care needs of communities throughout the State. 

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Office of Mental Health Expands Telepsychiatry Regulations to Increase Access to Mental Health Services Leaving OMH site

July 31, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the adoption of new, expanded telepsychiatry regulations to give New Yorkers greater access to a range of mental health services using electronic communication. The new regulations allow more mental health practitioners to utilize virtual technology to provide or support clinical psychiatric care at a distance.

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New Regulations to Combat Maternal Depression Leaving OMH site

May 30, 2019

Acting Department of Financial Services (DFS) Superintendent Linda A. Lacewell today announced that the Department of Financial Services will require all New York commercial health insurance policies to cover maternal depression screenings, including screening for the mother under the child's policy. First issued as a proposed regulation as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2018 Women’s Agenda, the final regulation will ensure that women in New York can access crucial screenings and treatment to combat maternal depression.

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OMH Recognizes the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services for its Service to the Community Leaving OMH site

May 30, 2019

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is honoring The Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (CHFS) in Brooklyn as a recipient of the inaugural OMH Community Care Awards.

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OMH Recognizes Fran Mellow of Family Service League for Her Service to the Community Leaving OMH site

May 30, 2019

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is honoring Fran Mellow, Division Director at Family Service League in Suffolk County, as a recipient of the inaugural OMH Community Care Awards.

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OMH Recognizes the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition for its Service to the Community Leaving OMH site

May 30, 2019

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is honoring the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition in Buffalo as a recipient of the inaugural OMH Community Care Awards.

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OMH Recognizes Susan K. Miller of Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc. for Her Service to the Community Leaving OMH site

May 30, 2019

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is honoring Susan K. Miller, Managing Director of Rehabilitation Support Services, Inc. in Orange and Sullivan Counties, as a recipient of the inaugural OMH Community Care Awards.

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OMH Recognizes Doug Meyer of the Mental Health Association in Essex County for His Service to the Community Leaving OMH site

May 30, 2019

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is honoring Doug Meyer, Director of Services for the Mental Health Association (MHA) in Essex County in Westport, as a recipient of the inaugural OMH Community Care Awards.

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Office of Mental Health Announces $8.5 Million in Awards to Expand Supportive Housing for Homeless Individuals with Mental Illness Leaving OMH site

May 29, 2019

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced 16 awards totaling $8.5 million in annual funding for the operation of 340 units of supportive housing for homeless individuals statewide, with many set aside for individuals with mental illness who are leaving the prison system.

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Governor Announces Opening of $117 Million Supportive and Affordable Housing Development for Seniors in the Bronx Leaving OMH site

May 21, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Tres Puentes Senior Apartments, a $117.7 million affordable senior housing development that is continuing revitalization efforts in the South Bronx. The development includes 175 apartments for seniors and individuals with special needs and 10,000 square feet of health-orientated commercial and community space, and expands the existing Borinquen Court Senior Center that provides services for residents and neighborhood seniors.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $47 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in the Bronx Leaving OMH site

May 14, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of the Morris Avenue Apartments, a new 11-story, 94-unit mixed-income affordable housing development with supportive services in the University Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. In addition to 63 affordable apartments, the building has 31 supportive apartments: 17 reserved for young adults with mental illness who are aging out of foster care and 14 for homeless adults with mental illness.

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New York State Recognizes Westchester County Woman for Career-long Commitment to Children’s Mental Health Leaving OMH site

May 7, 2019

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Patricia White - a mental health pioneer in Westchester County- with the 2019 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Lifetime Award. Patricia has been involved in Westchester’s System of Care since 1989 when the county movement first started.

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New York State Recognizes Monroe County Mental Health Program for its Collaborative Support of Teenage Mothers and their Children Leaving OMH site

May 7, 2019

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Building Healthy Children– a Rochester program for young mothers- with the 2019 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Organization or Community Group Award. The award recognizes the Building Healthy Children program (BHC) at Mt. Hope Family Center in Rochester, NY for meeting the mental health challenges in Monroe County, an area with an extremely high rate of teenage pregnancy.

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New York State Recognizes Chautauqua County System of Care for Organizing a Network of Support for Children’s Mental Wellness Leaving OMH site

May 7, 2019

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Chautauqua Tapestry - a network charged with enhancing Chautauqua County’s System of Care - with the 2019 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Systems of Care Award. Chautauqua Tapestry was established in 2008 as part of a federal SAMHSA grant to expand the community’s System of Care.

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New York State Recognizes New York City Young Adult for Mental Health Advocacy and Awareness Efforts Leaving OMH site

May 7, 2019

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Nivea Jackson - the Youth Advisor for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) - with the 2019 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Youth/Young Adult Award. Nivea Jackson is a former foster youth who understands firsthand the effects of trauma on young people. Her lived experiences are integral to her work, and she uses her voice to enact change.

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New York State Recognizes Cayuga County Parent Advocate for Building Bridges of Mental Health Support in her Community Leaving OMH site

May 7, 2019

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring Kara Georgi - a parent and mental health advocate from Auburn, NY- with the 2019 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Family/Caregiver Award. Kara Georgi has been involved in supporting children and families in her Cayuga County community since she first recognized the needs of her own son and began to build bridges between his services and providers.

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New York State Recognizes Lansingburgh Central School District for Prioritizing a Culture of Mental Wellness Amongst Student and Staff Leaving OMH site

May 7, 2019

Albany, NY – New York State is honoring the Lansingburgh Central School District in Rensselaer County with the 2019 ‘What’s Great in our State’ School District Award. The award recognizes Lansingburgh Central School District (LCSD) for its commitment to addressing the student mental health challenges that urban school districts often face.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Release of First Suicide Prevention Task Force Report Leaving OMH site

April 22, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of the first report from the New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force. Established by the Governor in November 2017, the Task Force serves to increase awareness of and access to supportive services with a special focus on high-risk groups including veterans, Latina adolescents, and members of the LGBTQ community. Recommendations from the report include strengthening public health prevention efforts, integrating suicide prevention in healthcare, timely sharing of data for surveillance and planning, and infusing cultural competence throughout suicide prevention activities.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Comprehensive Agenda to Combat K-2 Leaving OMH site

April 12, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a comprehensive statewide plan to combat synthetic cannabinoids, also known as K-2. This multi-agency agenda includes wide-ranging prevention, education, treatment, and community engagement efforts, building upon the Governor's commitment to add dozens of synthetic cannabinoids to the state's controlled substances list. These new initiatives will help remove these substances from circulation, raise awareness on the dangers of K-2, and provide additional guidance to healthcare providers on effective treatment and recovery services

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Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking Of $37 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development In The Town Of Cheektowaga Leaving OMH site

April 2, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that construction has begun on a $37 million affordable and supportive housing development in the Town of Cheektowaga. Upon completion, Apple Blossom Apartments will have 110 affordable apartments, with 48 reserved for individuals with mental illness who will have access to supportive services onsite.

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Office of Mental Health Awards $196,000 to Suicide Prevention Coalitions Across New York Leaving OMH site

March 20, 2019

The Office of Mental Health today announced $196,000 in awards to 14 Suicide Prevention Coalition groups in New York. The three-year award funding will support coalition projects that target five key suicide prevention areas for New York State: Means Reduction, High Risk Populations, Loss and Attempt Survivors, Men in the Middle Years, and Education and Awareness.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $17 Million Affordable Housing Development Leaving OMH site

March 14, 2019

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the opening of Skybird Landing Apartments, a 60-apartment, $17 million affordable housing development in the Village of Geneseo. Half of the apartments are reserved for individuals who are eligible for onsite supportive services that offer job training and promote stability, health and independent living. The State's investment in Skybird Landing Apartments complements Finger Lakes Forward by increasing access to high quality and supportive affordable housing to help residents stay in their community and live independently.

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NYS Office of Mental Health Launches New Electronic Tracking System to Reduce Wait Time for Inpatient Care Leaving OMH site

March 11, 2019

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) announced the launch of a new bed tracking system that will improve the way information about inpatient bed availability is collected and maintained statewide.

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New York State Announces Opening of $4.7 Million Crisis Stabilization Center on Long Island Leaving OMH site

March 1, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (OASAS) today announced the opening of the first 24-hour Crisis Stabilization Center on Long Island. The $4.7 million Diagnostic Assessment and Stabilization Hub (DASH) is operated by the Family Service League.

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New York State Hosts Informational Sessions for Youth and Caregivers who Qualify for Medicaid’s Newest Health and Behavioral Health Services Leaving OMH site

February 21, 2019

New York State is hosting two web-based information sessions to discuss changes taking place within the Children’s Medicaid System. Children, youth, families and caregivers enrolled in Medicaid’s 1915c Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver programs are invited to join an hour-long discussion on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. or Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.

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Office of Mental Health Announces $12.5 Million in Funding to Expand Supportive Housing for Homeless Individuals with Mental Illness Leaving OMH site

January 25, 2019

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has issued two new Requests for Proposals(RFP) that will provide up to $12.5 million in annual funding for the operation of 500 units of supportive housing for homeless individuals statewide.

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OMH and OASAS Announces Award to Help New Yorkers Access Insurance Coverage for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Leaving OMH site

January 10, 2019

The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) have approved awards for five community-based organizations to help educate the public on a new State resource to help individuals and providers access lifesaving substance use disorder and mental health treatment.

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New York State Announces New Community-Based Mental Health Services for Medicaid Enrolled Children and Youth Leaving OMH site

January 2, 2019

ALBANY, NY – New York State today announced the first three of six new community-based mental health services for children, youth, and families. These services will help address the stigma of mental health treatment by providing more rapid access to mental health care where families are more comfortable, including in homes, schools, and other community locations.