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Office of Mental Health

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Prior Approval Review (PAR)

To apply for certification (license) from the Office of Mental Health (OMH), providers must go through the Prior Approval Review (PAR) process.

Why Does Licensing Matter:

Title 14 of the Codes, Rules, and Regulations of the State of New York (14 NYCRR) Part 551 establishes the minimum standards to ensure that entities providing mental health services that seek an operating certificate from the OMH meet appropriate criteria for quality, safety, and fiscal viability.

Who Needs to Apply:

The State uses the PAR process to review projects/activities that need OMH approval prior for:

  • initiation
  • implementation
  • completion
  • operation of a program

To determine if the services you intend to provide requires licensure, review the Licensed Program Type Definitions.

PAR Resources:

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Bureau of Inspection and Certification.