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OMH aims to improve community-based mental health services statewide. The Transformation Plan is the road map to a stronger community safety net. More individuals with mental illness can receive high quality, cost effective services. And, by serving New Yorkers in home and community-based settings, we can avoid costly inpatient psychiatric stays.

Since State Fiscal Year 2014-15, OMH has invested an additional $82 million in annualized funding made available through the reinvestment of inpatient psychiatric center bed reductions, and an additional $19 million in reinvestment of savings from Article 28 community hospital bed reductions. Communities across the State are using these investments to strengthen the community mental health safety net.

For more specific information on regional reinvestment and systems planning, please visit Interim Report to the Statewide Comprehensive Plan.


Areas of Transformation Plan Reinvestment

Reinvestment under the Transformation Plan supports several major service areas:

  • Supported Housing – Providing appropriate wrap-around services, helping individuals live safely in the community and avoiding becoming homeless.
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) – Additional HCBS waiver slots, providing children and their families with respite and other family support 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 Stipend Adjustments – Supporting targeted increase to Supported Housing Stipend and Single Room Occupancy rates.
  • Peer Specialist Certification – Training and credentialing program for peers to acquire the skills to help another in recovery.

OMH Transformation Plan Status Reports

The Office of Mental Health issues a monthly report that includes State Psychiatric Center (PC) descriptive metrics, and descriptions and status of community service investments.

For the most current data available, the last issued monthly report is also posted on this page.

November 2019 Monthly Report *

December 2019 Monthly Report *

Glossary of Services *

* If you are having accessibility issues with the previous documents, please contact the Public Information Office.