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The Office of Mental Health (OMH) aims to improve mental health services statewide. Our Transformation Plan is part of OMH’s road map to a stronger community safety net.

Since State Fiscal Year 2014-15, OMH has invested millions of dollars in savings from bed reductions to develop and expand community-based services. Communities across the State are using these investments to strengthen the mental health safety net and helping tens of thousands of New Yorkers find high-quality services closer to home.

Areas of Transformation Plan Reinvestment

Reinvestment under the Transformation Plan supports several major service areas:

  • Supportive Housing – Providing appropriate wrap-around services, helping individuals live safely in the community and avoiding becoming homeless.
  • Children and Family Treatment and Support Services – Providing children and their families with rehabilitative services.
  • Mobile Integration Teams (MIT) – State-operated teams providing an array of mobile services and supports for youth and adults, including on-site crisis assessment, family support and respite.
  • Child and Adolescent Crisis/Respite – New state-operated crisis/respite houses.
  • Clinics – Expanding state and voluntary-operated clinic programs providing services that would be otherwise unavailable or inaccessible.
  • First-Episode Psychosis – Staffing support for state-operated First-Episode Psychosis programs statewide through OnTrackNY.
  • Crisis Intervention – New and expanded crisis intervention programs, many with extended hour coverage, mobile capacity, and peer-support.
  • Advocacy and Outreach – New advocacy and outreach programs, guiding individuals through transitions from inpatient settings into integrated, clinically-supported community living, and linking them to community-based supports.
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) – Providing treatment, rehabilitation, and community support for people with severe mental illness whose needs aren’t being met by traditional mental health services.
  • Forensic – Linking individuals with mental health services, providing specialized assessments for probation and courts, and reducing future recidivism and hospitalization.
  • Long-Stay Transition Supports – Helping with the transition from State Psychiatric Center or residential stays of more than one year, into structured community settings.
  • Suicide Prevention – Programs with the goal of zero suicides for individuals receiving health or behavioral health care.
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Transition – Helping individuals discharged from State Psychiatric Centers with successful transition to the appropriate level of nursing or long-term care in the community.
  • Sustained Engagement Support – Teams providing outreach services to individuals unsuccessfully discharged from State-operated adult outpatient clinics.
  • Residential CR, SH, SRO Workforce Investments – Supporting targeted increases to certain OMH housing program types.
  • Peer Specialist Certification – Training and credentialing program for peers to acquire the skills to help another in recovery.

Transformation Plan Status Reports

OMH issues monthly reports that includes:

  • State Psychiatric Center (PC) descriptive metrics
  • Descriptions and status of community service investments,
  • Psychiatric readmission rates to hospitals and emergency rooms for State PC, Article 28, and Article 31 hospital discharges.

Monthly Reports

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Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the Office of Planning.