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Office of Mental Health

OMH Regulations

State regulations lay out the minimum standards for mental health service provider certification and programmatic operation. The Office of Menatl Health's (OMH) regulations are included in Title 14 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR).

Access to all New York State regulations is available through the State Register. For more information, please contact OMH's Bureau of Policy, Regulation and Legislation at (518) 474-1331.

OMH Disclaimer


The Commissioner can grant a waiver of an OMH regulation in the Part 500 series of Title 14 NYCRR, not otherwise required by State or Federal law.

There is no right to a waiver. The granting of waivers is at the sole discretion of the Commissioner. Review the Waiver Regulation for more information.

Waiver Instructions | Waiver Request Form | Waiver Decisions


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Regulations in this section have been proposed through publication of a notice in the State Register. They are currently undergoing the public review process. After OMH has received and considered public comment on the proposed rules, a Notice of Adoption must be filed with the Department of State before they are effective.


This section includes amendments that have been adopted as Emergency Regulations. Emergency rules are effective on the date they are filed, based on a finding by OMH that immediate adoption of the rule is necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare and that compliance with the requirements of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking process would be contrary to the public interest.


Regulations in this section have undergone the public review process and have been adopted as permanent rules. Adopted regulations will be available on this site for one year from the date of adoption. All permanent OMH regulations are available through the Department of State Leaving OMH site.