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NYS Office Of Mental Health Launches Campaign to Thank New Yorkers For Their Contributions During COVID Pandemic

November 23, 2020

The NYS Office of Mental Health today launched it’s first-ever “Gratitude Campaign” to help New Yorkers give thanks for the sacrifices and efforts made to manage the pandemic throughout 2020. The campaign acknowledges the tireless work of healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, store owners, and other essential workers, as well as the daily contributions every New Yorker has made to care for each other and find resiliency amongst uncertainty.

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On Transgender Day of Remembrance, Governor Cuomo Announces OMH’s New Gender Identity and Gender Expression Nondiscrimination Policy and Protocols

November 20, 2020

Under the Governor's leadership, State agencies have strengthened nondiscrimination policies and education for transgender New Yorkers

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Governor Cuomo Announces Start of Construction on $126 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in the Bronx

October 30, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction on 1159 River Avenue, a $126 million development that will bring 245 homes to the South Bronx. The 19-story building will offer 148 apartments specifically for individuals and families who have previously been homeless, including those in need of supportive services.

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New York State Recognizes Capital Region Man for Role as a Young Adult Peer Specialist

October 15, 2020

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring Tele Rabii, a 24-year-old Peer Specialist in the Capital Region, with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Youth/Young Adult Award.

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New York State Recognizes New York City Organization for Improving Mental Health Outcomes for High Schoolers

October 15, 2020

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring the Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service (CARES) at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Community Organization Award.

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New York State Recognizes Long Island School District for Its Shift in Focus on Mental Wellness

October 15, 2020

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring the Plainedge Union Free School District (Plainedge UFSD), in Nassau County, with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ School District Award.

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New York State Recognizes Team of Western New York Social Workers with Lifetime Achievement Award

October 15, 2020

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring Dawn Pascoe and Bryan Mentry, a team of mobile mental health professionals in Livingston County, with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

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New York State Recognizes Western New York Parent for Role as a Family Peer Mentor

October 15, 2020

Albany, NY –New York State is honoring Michelle Morales, a Parent Peer Mentor at the Western NY Comprehensive Care Center for Eating Disorders (WNYCCCED), with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Family/Caregiver Award.

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

October 15, 2020

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring BRIEF (Building Resilience in Essex Families), a System of Care established in Essex County, with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ System of Care Award.

Commissioner’s Column

Suicide Prevention in New York State: We Can Make a Difference But We Need All Hands on Deck!

October 8, 2020

Suicide is a public health crisis that demands our collective attention. Over the past two decades, while we have seen major forms of mortality like heart disease, stroke, and cancer decline, suicide rates have steadily increased both in the United States and New York State (NYS)… But there is good reason to have hope. Effective suicide prevention programs exist.

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Suicide Prevention in NYS Schools: Hope and Resilience Among Urban, Suburban and Rural Districts

October 8, 2020

Sound prevention works, and our school communities across New York State are resilient, capable, and well positioned to prevent suicide and promote mental wellbeing. Regardless of size and resources, impactful suicide prevention is obtainable for all schools.

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NYS Office of Mental Health to Host Virtual 'What's Great in Our State' Event to Honor Children's Mental Health Award Winners

October 7, 2020

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced it's annual 'What's Great in Our State' event will be held virtually this month. The children's mental health award ceremony will take place on October 15th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm via WebEx.

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NYS Office Of Addiction Services and Supports and Office of Mental Health Announce Integration Listening Sessions

October 2, 2020

The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced a series of public listening sessions on the potential creation of a new single integrated behavioral health agency.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Final Regulations Requiring Insurers to Provide Fair Coverage for Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

October 1, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced final regulations requiring insurers to put into place policies and procedures that will ensure that they are providing comparable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders.

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Lighting of NYS Landmarks and Bridges in Recognition of Suicide Prevention Month

September 30, 2020

Governor Cuomo announced that landmarks and bridges throughout New York State be lit in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Digital Campaign to Raise Awareness On Suicide Prevention Day In New York

September 10, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a new digital campaign to raise awareness and to inform all New Yorkers of the suicide prevention resources available across the state. The Governor also issued a proclamation recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Month and September 10 as Suicide Prevention Day in New York.

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Governor Cuomo Announces the Availability of Up to $158 Million for Supportive Housing

September 1, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of two requests for proposals for programs that build and support homeless housing across the state. Combined, the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative make available $158 million for projects that will house New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and provide supportive services aimed at addressing the root causes of housing instability. This funding continues the work of the Governor's unprecedented $20 billion, five-year housing plan, which is creating or preserving 100,000 units of affordable housing and has spurred the development of more than 6,600 of supportive housing units across the state.

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NYS Office of Mental Health Recognizes National Minority Mental Health Month

July 16, 2020

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today recognized National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month by reaffirming its commitment to reduce disparities in access, quality and treatment outcomes for marginalized populations.

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During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Governor Cuomo Advances New Regulations Requiring Insurers to Provide Equitable Coverage for Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

July 9, 2020

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today advanced new regulations requiring insurers to provide equitable coverage for mental health and substance use disorders. The proposed parity compliance program regulations from the New York State Department of Financial Services and Department of Health would strengthen insurers' obligation under both state and federal law to provide comparable coverage for benefits to treat mental health and substance use disorders.

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OMH Receives Funding Award to Help Local Providers Better Coordinate Services for Children

July 8, 2020

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has been awarded a four-year, $12 million federal grant that will help expand local networks of community-based services and supports and improve health outcomes for children with Serious Emotional Disturbance and their families. The grant, from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, will be used to expand OMH’s System of Care infrastructure.

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New York Awarded $2 Million Federal Grant to Support Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services for Regions Most Impacted By COVID-19

June 16, 2020

New York State has been awarded $2 million in funding from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to improve accessibility of mental health and substance use disorder services for vulnerable residents in New York City, and Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties. The four localities account for 75 percent of the state’s COVID-19 infections.

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OMH Announces “Coping Circles” First Program in the Nation to Provide Free Tele-health Support and Resilience Groups

June 11, 2020

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the implementation of “Coping Circles” a first-in-the-nation program facilitated by the NYS Office of Mental Health to provide free six-week support and resilience group therapy sessions, held by video or phone and facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.

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SUNY and OMH Partner to Help SUNY Community Promote Mental Health Awareness During COVID Pandemic

May 27, 2020

Albany – The State University of New York and the NYS Office of Mental Health today announced the launch of a crisis text line and training initiative, two resources designed to help promote mental health awareness, ease stress and anxiety, and identify and support individuals at risk of suicide. SUNY advanced its promotion of the resources in order to assist students, faculty, and staff as they confront the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Office of Mental Health Launches Digital Campaign to Promote COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline

May 18, 2020

Albany, NY - The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced a series of digital public service announcements to raise awareness of the agency’s Emotional Support Helpline (1-844-863-9314). The Helpline was implemented at the direction of Governor Cuomo to assist New Yorkers who are overwhelmed by the anxiety and loss caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Governor Cuomo Reminds New Yorkers in Need of Emotional Support to Call OMH Helpline at 1-844-863-9314

May 17, 2020

During his daily COVID-19 briefing, Governor Cuomo reminded New Yorkers in need of emotional support to call the New York State Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 to schedule a free appointment with a mental health professional. New Yorkers can access additional mental health resources at headspace.com/ny.

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NYS Office of Mental Health Provides Guidance for Managing Anxiety Caused by COVID-19 Emergency

March 17, 2020

The NYS Office of Mental Health has developed and distributed guidelines to help people manage the anxiety caused by their concerns over the COVID-19 epidemic.  The guidance document, available on the OMH website has general information for the public, as well as specific guidelines for people receiving mental health services, mental health providers, caregivers of elderly individuals and for parents, including parents of children with pre-existing anxiety disorders.

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NYS Adopts Emergency Regulation Requiring Insurance Companies to Waive Co-pay for Telehealth Visits

March 17, 2020

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) today announced it has adopted a new emergency regulation under New York Insurance Law requiring New York State insurance companies to waive cost-sharing, including, deductibles, copayments (copays), or coinsurance for in-network telehealth visits. Telehealth is the use of electronic information and communication technologies by a health care provider to deliver health care services to an insured while an insured is located at a site that is different from the site where the health care provider is located.

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OMH and OASAS Announce Additional Measures to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

March 13, 2020

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) announced new measures to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensure that New Yorkers have safe access to the mental health and addiction treatment services they need. Streamlining the approval process and regulations governing telehealth services will quickly allow more healthcare providers to utilize the practice for the duration of the of the COVID-19 emergency.

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Office of Mental Health Announces $45,000 Award to Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition

February 10, 2020

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) has awarded a $45,000 grant to the Erie County Anti-Stigma Coalition to expand their awareness campaign, Join the Conversation, into Niagara County. The Coalition’s campaign promotes mental health awareness and fights the stigma surrounding mental illness, which can be a barrier preventing people from seeking the help and treatment they need.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Major Milestone in Creating and Preserving Over 62,000 Units of Affordable and Supportive Housing

February 5, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a major milestone in creating and preserving more than 62,000 units of affordable and supportive housing as part of his historic $20 billion, five-year plan to combat homelessness and create affordable housing for all New Yorkers. As of December 31, 2019, construction and preservation is completed or underway on more than 56,000 affordable housing units across the State, which is on schedule for the five-year plan. Additionally, 6,000 supportive units have been funded, over 4,000 of which are part of the Governor's Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Members of Medicaid Redesign Team II

February 4, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the members of the Medicaid Redesign Team II. The Governor announced in his FY 2021 Executive Budget address that the Team will find savings in the Medicaid program in the same way the first Medicaid Redesign Team, or MRT I, which he established in 2011, set the course for recurring savings that kept the program's spending growth to less than half the national average. The reconstituted team, known as MRT II, will develop a comprehensive set of recommendations to build on the successful strategy of the original MRT while identifying changes to the State's Medicaid program that will generate $2.5 billion in recurring savings within the upcoming FY 2021 State budget.

NEWS

OMH Budget Testimony for FY 2020-2021

February 3, 2020

OMH Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan, testifies on the 2020-2021 Executive Budget.

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Addressing Veteran and Law Enforcement Suicides and Homelessness

January 9, 2020

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the 35th proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda - addressing veteran and law enforcement suicides and homelessness. Under the proposal, the Governor will direct funding within the Homeless Housing and Assistance Program to be used to close the gap in veterans housing across the state. The Governor will also direct the State Office of Mental Health to partner with veterans and law enforcement organizations to coordinate on suicide prevention initiatives including new efforts to reduce the stigma of mental illness.