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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


OMH Budget Testimony for FY 2020-2021

February 3, 2020

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


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.