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How the COVID-19 Pandemic Underscores the Need for Trauma-Informed Care

July 2, 2021

The pandemic underscored the need for trauma-informed care, a system of practice that operates on the belief that services must be developed with the individual’s perspective in mind. It recognizes that a survivor’s perception of events plays a central role. This approach to care seeks to treat the whole person and address the past traumas that may have influenced an individual’s sense of self and hindered their ability to connect with others and make use of support services.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Construction of $18 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in Troy

June 29, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction on an $18 million affordable and supportive housing development in the city of Troy. The Hillside Views Neighborhood Revitalization project will redevelop eight vacant or underutilized parcels in the city's North Central area to create 51 energy-efficient affordable homes with 26 units reserved for previously homeless households in need of support services.

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OMH and DFS Announce Insurance Carriers Complying with Requirements to Provide Coverage for Gender-Affirming Treatments

June 29, 2021

The NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Department of Financial Services (DFS) today announced that insurance carriers in New York are complying with new State requirements to provide coverage for all gender-affirming treatments for gender dysphoria. Previously, many of these plans excluded some or all gender-affirming treatments as cosmetic.

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Governor Cuomo Announces New Supportive Housing in $56 Million Rehabilitation of 70 Historic Row Houses in Albany

June 3, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of a $56 million rehabilitation of 70 distressed row houses along historic Clinton Avenue and Ten Broeck Street in Albany. The Clinton Avenue Historic Apartments now offers 210 safe and affordable homes for families with 40 apartments set aside for residents who are formerly homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with mental illness who will receive on-site supportive services.

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OMH Recognizes Michael Devery, Chief Quality Officer at Brunswick Hospital Center, for Service to the Community with Commissioner’s Community Cares Awards

May 27, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recognizing the work of Michael Devery, Chief Quality Officer at Brunswick Hospital Center and naming him a recipient of the annual OMH Commissioner’s Community Care Awards for 2021.

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OMH Recognizes the Child Center of NY for Service to the Community with Commissioner’s Community Cares Awards

May 27, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recognizing the work of The Child Center of NY (The Child Center) and naming the organization a recipient of the annual OMH Commissioner’s Community Care Awards.

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OMH Recognizes Bernadette Kingham-Bez for Service to the Community with Commissioner’s Community Care Awards

May 27, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recognizing the work and commitment of Bernadette Kingham-Bez, Executive Director of St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester and Senior Vice President of Saint Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, and is naming her a recipient of the annual OMH Commissioner’s Community Care Awards for 2021.

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OMH Recognizes Jay Ulrich, Director of Community Services for St. Lawrence County for Service to the Community with Commissioner’s Community Care Awards

May 27, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recognizing the work and commitment of Jay Ulrich, Director of Services for St. Lawrence County and director of the County Mental Health Clinic and naming him a recipient of the annual OMH Commissioner’s Community Care Awards for 2021.

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OMH Recognizes Wayne Behavioral Health Network for Service to the Community with Commissioner’s Community Care Awards

May 27, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recognizing the work and commitment of Wayne Behavioral Health Network (WBHN) and naming the organization as a recipient of the annual OMH Commissioner’s Community Care Awards for 2021.

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DFS Announces “Mental Health Matters”: Consumer Protection Initiatives for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity in Insurance Coverage

May 25, 2021

For Mental Health Awareness month, The NYS Department of Financial Services announced “Mental Health Matters,” a series of initiatives to ensure that New York consumers who need mental health and substance use disorder services are not discriminated against when seeking coverage under their health insurance policies. The initiatives include a new regulation to protect consumers from provider directory misinformation and a comprehensive review of insurers for parity compliance.

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OMH Awards $30 Million for Support Teams to Assist Long-Term Homeless People and Individuals Transitioning from Inpatient Care

May 19, 2021

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced an award of $30 million over five years to Coordinated Behavioral Care (CBC) to operate eight treatment teams that work with vulnerable New Yorkers living with mental illness. The teams focus on people transitioning back to the community from psychiatric inpatient care and on long-term homeless people living on the streets and in the subway system.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $6.4 Million Supportive and Transitional Housing Development for Homeless New Yorkers

May 13, 2021

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the completion of Cooper Street Apartments, a $6.4 million, 34-unit transitional and permanent supportive housing development that will serve formerly homeless individuals and families in Glens Falls. Construction of the two-story building was funded with $5.8 million from the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Homeless Housing and Assistance Program and is operated by the Warren-Washington Association for Mental Health.

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OMH/OASAS Vaccination Program Partnership Administers 70,000 Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine to Clients and Staff

May 10, 2021

A vaccination program developed and managed by the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) in partnership with the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS), has administered more than 70,000 COVID-19 vaccines to clients and staff of the two agencies, as well as those from other health and human services agencies, including the Offices for People with Developmental Disabilities, Children and Family Services, and Temporary and Disability Assistance.

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New York State Recognizes Capital Region Mental Health Commissioner with Lifetime Achievement Award

May 4, 2021

New York State is honoring Katherine G. Alonge-Coons, the Rensselaer County Mental Health Commissioner, with the 2021 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

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

May 4, 2021

New York State is honoring the Otsego County System of Care with the 2021 ‘What’s Great in our State’ System of Care Award.

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New York State Recognizes Western New York Parent for Role as a Family Support Specialist

May 4, 2021

New York State is honoring Bethany Morgan, a Family Support Specialist at BestSelf Behavioral Health in Buffalo, with the 2021 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Family/Caregiver Award.

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New York State Recognizes New York City Man for Inspirational Advocacy Efforts

May 4, 2021

New York State is honoring Jeremiah Farduchi, a young man from New York City, with the 2021 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Youth/Young Adult Award.

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New York State Recognizes Long Island School District for Its Impact on Student Mental Wellness

May 4, 2021

New York State is honoring the Great Neck North High School with the 2021 ‘What’s Great in our State’ School/School District Award.

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New York State Recognizes New York City Organization for Improving Mental Health Outcomes at 8 New York City Schools

May 4, 2021

New York State is honoring the Henry Street Settlement’s School Based Mental Health Clinics, with the 2020 ‘What’s Great in our State’ Community/Organization Award.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.