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Hutchings Psychiatric Center Opens Renovated Inpatient Building After Multi-Million Dollar Overhaul Leaving OMH site

November 28, 2018

SYRACUSE, NY - Hutchings Psychiatric Center announces the completion of its multi-phase inpatient building renovation project. The 10-year, $50 million capital investment created a new Children and Adolescent Inpatient building and a new Adult Inpatient Service Program.

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NYS Announces Public Listening Sessions on Accessible Ride Sharing Services for Customers with Disabilities Leaving OMH site

November 13, 2018

The New York State Transportation Network Company Accessibility Task Force today announced that five public listening sessions will be held across the state to examine the availability of accessible ride sharing services for people with disabilities. Through these listening sessions, the task force will analyze current service options, the need and demand for accessible services, and identify opportunities and barriers to increasing these options for customers with disabilities.

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OMH, OASAS and DFS Announce New Program and Regulations to Help New Yorkers Access Insurance Coverage for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Leaving OMH site

October 9, 2018

Three New York State agencies – the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, the Office of Mental Health and the Department of Financial Services -- today announced a new program to help ensure all New Yorkers are able to access their insurance coverage for substance use disorders and mental health services. The new Ombudsman Program will educate individuals, families, and health care providers on their legal rights to coverage, help them to access treatment and services and will investigate and resolve complaints regarding denial of health insurance coverage.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Holds Free Maternal Depression Conference in Albany Leaving OMH site

October 5, 2018

The Office of Mental Health is pleased to announce a Maternal Depression Conference in Albany as part of New York State’s effort to combat maternal depression. The free conference, scheduled for Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Hilton Albany is ideal for all primary care physicians, pediatricians, OBGYNs, child & adolescent psychiatrists, adult psychiatrists, adult psychiatrists, nurse practitioners & other providers treating women, children & families.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Community Network in Niagara County for Extraordinary Suicide Prevention Efforts Leaving OMH site

September 18, 2018

The Community Network of Care for Children and Families in Niagara County, a collaboration of school districts and mental health stakeholders in Western New York, has been honored by the New York State Office of Mental Health for advancing suicide safer settings in school districts across the region. The Community Network of Care, or CNOC, received the state’s “Suicide Safer Schools” award at the 2018 Suicide Prevention Conference, held in Albany.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Tompkins County Nonprofit Founders for Commitment to Suicide Prevention Efforts Leaving OMH site

September 18, 2018

Scott MacLeod, Susan Hack, and their Tompkins County not-for-profit, The Sophie Fund, has been honored by the New York State Office of Mental Health for profound suicide prevention efforts. Scott, Susan, and The Sophie Fund, received the state’s Journey of Healing Award at the state’s 2018 Suicide Prevention Conference, held in Albany, presented for ‘exemplary advocacy by a Suicide Attempt or Suicide Loss Survivor’. Scott and Susan established The Sophie Fund after the 2016 death by suicide of their 23-year-old daughter, Sophie Hack MacLeod, a Cornell University student.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Capital Region Suicide Attempt Survivor for her Extraordinary Peer-to-Peer Prevention Efforts Leaving OMH site

September 18, 2018

Sarah Felman, a peer advocate from Albany, has been honored by the New York State Office of Mental Health for bringing peers to the forefront of suicide prevention in the Capital Region. Felman, who works at the Mental Health Empowerment Project, received the state’s “Suicide Safer Communities” award at the 2018 Suicide Prevention Conference, held in Albany.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Bronx Psychiatrist for her Efforts to Prevent Veteran SuicidesLeaving OMH site

September 18, 2018

Dr. Marianne Goodman, a Bronx psychiatrist, has been honored by the New York State Office of Mental Health for creating a lifesaving suicide safety plan for at-risk veterans called Project Life Force. Dr. Goodman, of the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center, received the state’s “Implementation of Zero Suicide in a Healthcare Setting” award at the 2018 Suicide Prevention Conference, held in Albany.

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Save-the-Date: 2018 Statewide Virtual Town Hall

September 10, 2018

OMH is conducting a Statewide Virtual Town Hall with Commissioner Ann Sullivan, M.D., presenting and taking feedback on several key priorities under the OMH Strategic Plan. This event will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about the OMH vision for the future, including progress on the Commissioner’s top policy and planning priorities presented at last year’s town hall.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Awards for More Than 1,200 Supportive Housing Units

September 10, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced 182 conditional awards for more than 1,200 units of supportive housing for homeless persons with special needs, conditions or other challenges. The awards will provide support services and operating funds to 116 community partners in 43 counties across the State. This is the third phase of Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative awards, which is part of the Governor’s 5-year, $2.6 billion commitment to developing 6,000 units of supportive housing in New York State.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Announces New Web-Based Training to Help Healthcare Providers Screen for and Treat Maternal Depression

August 6, 2018

The New York State Office of Mental Health today announced two new web-based training videos available to help healthcare providers effectively screen for and treat maternal depression during and after pregnancy. The free webinars, which are posted on the Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) Project TEACH website, are titled “Screening and Treatment of Postpartum Depression” and “Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression During Pregnancy.”

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Dual Diagnosis Inpatient Unit to Open in Western New York

July 30, 2018

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) today announced plans to open a dual diagnosis inpatient unit for children and youth with co-occurring developmental and mental health disabilities. The unit, a collaboration between the two state agencies, will be housed in the building currently under renovation at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.

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New York State Office of Mental Health Announces Availability of $75,000 in Funding for Stigma Reduction Projects

June 15, 2018

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the availability of up to $75,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. This funding represents the revenues received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes.

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Governor Cuomo Announces First-in-the-Nation Suicide Prevention Program

June 8, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York will be the first state in the nation to launch an innovative pilot program aimed at reducing new suicide attempts among individuals who had previously attempted suicide. Funded through the $3.5 million federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, the Attempted Suicide Short Intervention Program reframes how suicide attempts are examined in order to develop individualized prevention strategies.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Dedication of $13 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing in Utica

May 21, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the ribbon-cutting of the $13.8 million West Street Apartments, an affordable and supportive housing complex in the city of Utica. The 42 unit development is dedicated to serving low-income working families, including 11 supportive units for persons recovering from mental illness, and six units for formerly homeless individuals and families. Located on the former site of a dilapidated, vacant, three-story apartment building, the new development also includes a Community Services Center operated by the Rescue Mission of Utica that will serve both tenants and the public, adding to the revitalization of the Cornhill neighborhood.

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Governor Cuomo Launches Initiatives to Combat Maternal Depression

May 17, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a new multi-agency effort to combat maternal depression. At Governor Cuomo's direction, 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. The Department of Health and Office of Mental Health will launch a strategic awareness campaign to provide critical information about symptoms and treatment options for maternal depression. Finally, the Office of Mental Health will open the first State-operated intensive outpatient clinic focused on maternal depression. These comprehensive actions will ensure that women in New York can access crucial screenings and treatment to combat maternal depression. This policy is part of the Governor's 2018 Women's Agenda.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $61 Million Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in the Bronx

May 15, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the $61.2 million Webster Avenue Residence, an eight-story building featuring 170 units of affordable and supportive housing in the Tremont section of the Bronx. Developed by the nonprofit Breaking Ground, the project features 90 apartments of supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals with special needs and 80 units for low-income working adults from the Bronx community.

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New York State Partners with Crisis Text Line to Provide 24 Hour Support for People in Crisis

May 11, 2018

Albany, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the launch of a partnership between OMH and Crisis Text Line (CTL), a national not-for-profit organization that provides free, 24-hour text-based support for people who are experiencing a mental health or situational crisis. CTL has helped users who are facing suicidal thoughts, maternal depression, cyberbullying, family emergencies, anxiety and more.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Kings County Mental Health Provider Serving Children of Incarcerated Parents

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – Children of Promise, NYC - a mental health organization focused on serving children of incarcerated parents - has been honored at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" event. The annual event, held May 8 in Albany, celebrates the people and programs making a difference in the field of children’s mental health.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Nassau County School Social Worker

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – Cindy Misrock, LCSW - the school social worker at Bayview Avenue School - has been honored at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" event.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes High School Mental Health Club in Westchester County

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – Walter Panas Warr;ors’ honored for its Pioneering Student-Involved Approach to Eliminating the Stigma of Mental Illness. The mental health club at Walter Panas High School - has been honored at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" event.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Western New York Behavioral Health Program

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – ‘Access to Psychiatry through Intermediate Care’ was honored for its dedication to young people with autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" event.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Niagara County School Superintendent

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – Mark Laurrie - the Superintendent of the Niagara Falls School District - has been honored at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018". Laurie has been a champion for his community, promoting mental wellness within the Niagara Falls School District.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Onondaga County Prevention Program

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – Contact Community Services has been honored for its Implementation of the ‘PAX Good Behavior Game’ in the Syracuse City School District at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" event.

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Office of Mental Health Recognizes Orange County Diversion Program Serving First Time Juvenile Offenders

May 8, 2018

Albany, NY – The Mental Health Juvenile Justice Program - a diversion program run by Rehabilitation Support Services - has been honored at the New York State Office of Mental Health’s "What’s Great in our State 2018" event. The annual event, held May 8 in Albany, celebrates the people and programs making a difference in the field of children’s mental health.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $17 Million Supportive and Affordable Development in Lockport

May 3, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the 60-unit, $17.7 million Packet Boat Landing Apartments in Lockport. The three-story, 62,000-square-foot affordable housing development features 60 new one-bedroom units, including 21 with supportive services. Named after the historic Erie Canal "Packet Boats," this development helps combat homelessness by combining affordability with supportive services.

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Governor Cuomo Launches Third Phase of $20 Billion Plan to Create Supportive and Affordable Housing

May 1, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the third phase of the historic $20 billion five-year plan launched in 2016 to create or preserve over 100,000 affordable and at least 6,000 supportive housing units. Phase III of the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative includes a Request for Proposals, issued by the New York State Office of Mental Health, that will provide $30 million in service and operating funding for at least 1,200 units of supportive housing.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Opening of $100 Million Affordable, Supportive Housing Development in Brooklyn

April 24, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of CAMBA Gardens Phase II, a $100 million affordable, supportive, and sustainable housing development in the Wingate section of Brooklyn. Built on the grounds of King's County Hospital by CAMBA Housing Ventures, the new development is a national model for co-locating housing and healthcare, providing 293 apartments with 182 set aside for formerly homeless families and individuals.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center Will Remain in West Seneca

April 4, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center will permanently remain operating in West Seneca following extensive community input into a proposal to relocate the facility to renovated space at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center. As part of the plan to keep the Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca, the Governor also announced that the State has identified other resources to support services for up to 1,000 children outside a clinical setting that would have been funded through the cost savings resulting from the relocation plan.

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The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) announces a new procedure for the submission of Comprehensive Prior Approval Review (PAR) Applications

March 13, 2018

In accordance with Mental Hygiene Law, Rules, and Regulations, a Comprehensive PAR application is required when a service provider or proposed provider seeks to establish a new program or make significant changes to an existing, licensed program.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Efforts to Combat Maternal Depression and Prevent Maternal Mortality Leaving OMH site

January 25, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new efforts to combat maternal depression and prevent maternal mortality in New York State. The Governor will direct the Department of Financial Services to require all health insurance policies include coverage for maternal depression screening, and will launch a new Maternal Mortality Review Board. The announcements come as New York is ranked 30th in the nation for maternal mortality rates, and are part of Governor Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda Leaving OMH sitefor New York: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity and the FY 2019 Executive Budget.

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New York State Expanding Program to Help Individuals with Disabilities Find Employment Leaving OMH site

January 11, 2018

The New York State Employment First Commission, created by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and chaired by the New York State Office of Mental Health, has announced new resources to help increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The new program, called the "Employment First Benefits Advisory System," will provide advice on financial assistance and work incentives for individuals with disabilities who are working or seeking work.

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Governor Cuomo Announces Groundbreaking of $65 Million Affordable Housing Development in the Bronx Leaving OMH site

January 9, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the start of construction of three multifamily rental buildings with 138 affordable apartments in the Bronx called The Grand. The project is part of Governor Cuomo's unprecedented $20 billion, five-year plan launched in FY 2017 to provide permanent supportive housing, affordable housing with on-site services that help formerly homeless and disabled tenants live in dignity in the community, by constructing and rehabilitating 100,000 units of affordable housing and 6,000 units of supportive housing. The Grand is the largest ground-up, low-cost tax-exempt bond deal developed by a minority-owned firm since Governor Cuomo took office.

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Governor Cuomo Announces $60 Million in Awards to Mental Health and Addiction Healthcare Providers to Lower Cost and Improve Outcomes Leaving OMH site

January 4, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York will issue $60 million in awards over three years to mental health and addiction services providers as part of the transformation of the State's Medicaid system. The awards will aid behavioral health providers transform to a business model of Value-Based Payment, which rewards quality of care and better health outcomes, rather than the volume of services they provide.