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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 prior approval for:

  • initiation
  • implementation
  • completion
  • operation of a program

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

PAR Resources:

Crisis Stabilization Centers:

Certification process for Crisis Stabilization Centers (CSC) will go live November 2022.

Per Mental Hygiene Law Article 36, the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and Office of Mental Health (OMH) are authorized to jointly license Crisis Stabilization Centers (CSC).

To submit a CSC application, providers will need to download the CSC Certification Application from either the OMH or OASAS website, which will be available in early November 2022, complete it as instructed, and upload each schedule onto the New York State Electronic Certificate of Need (NYSE-CON) portal.  Once uploaded, all communication between the agencies and the applicant will occur through the NYSE-CON portal.

The Crisis Stabilization Center Certification Webinar will be held on Monday, October 31, 2022, from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Please register for this webinar in advance.

Instructions for Submitting the CSC Certification Application:

CSC Certification Application:

  • CSC Certification Application will be available here November 2022

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