MHANYS programs are designed to create communities where all citizens have opportunities to thrive and to promote the wellness of persons experiencing mental health challenges as well as those who support them. Learn more about individual programs below.

Building Connections: The Sexual Assault and Mental Health Project
The Building Connections Project is a collaboration between the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA) and MHANYS. The project provides residents and service providers across New York State with information and training seminars on understanding trauma, and trauma-informed care for survivors of sexual assault and mental health challenges. Building Connection fosters collaborative initiatives among mental health providers, victim assistance, and sexual assault services while providing technical assistance to regional trauma task force participants across the state. Building Connections promotes partnerships that are strength-based and trauma-informed.

Community Mental Health Promotion (CMHP)
CMHP provides grants, training, and technical assistance to county-level MHA affiliate teams. The purpose of the grants is to increase awareness of mental health issues and to decrease discrimination and stigma about mental illness by increasing access to community-based support for service recipients and their families. Teams identify local needs and then disseminate education and technical assistance to service providers, advocates, lawmakers, and the general public. Through these local initiatives, MHANYS promotes inclusion of diverse input into community-based policy decisions regarding mental health services.

Consumer & Business Outreach Program (CBOP)
CBOP is a statewide initiative designed to improve the employment opportunities of individuals living with psychiatric disabilities.  This objective is achieved through a multi-prong approach to: educate the community with specific focus on employers and the workplace, about the importance of mental health; through the creation of state and local Business Advisory Councils (BACs), foster private-public partnerships among the business community, MHA affiliates, State agencies, and other stakeholders committed to workforce development for people with psychiatric disabilities; and to promote evidence-based best practices in workforce development.

Engagement Services – Individual, Family & Community
MHANYS Engagement Services provides individuals living with mental health and/or substance use disorders and their families/identified supporters (‘supporters’) with the tools and resources that will maximize recovery from behavioral health challenges. With the approval of the individual in treatment, their supporters can participant in engagement services and make a substantial difference in both the individual’s progress and the family’s stability.

Supporters are equipped with knowledge and wellness tools on how to best contribute and support their loved one’s care planning and aftercare.  Engaging supporters promotes better overall mental and physical health outcomes for the entire family including the children. These services are offered to individuals, families, and direct care staff and compliment any treatment or discharge plan.

Justice Involved Advocacy
MHANYS staff work to promote advocacy and support for individuals who are living with mental health and/or substance use disorders and have come to the attention of our police, courts and correctional facilities. MHANYS staff provides advocacy for both incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals interested in resources that help them successfully reintegrate back with their families and communities upon release.

Mental Health Information Center (MHIC)
MHIC provides mental health information and resources to all New Yorkers. The MHIC Links & Resources database is searchable by subject area. Our staff operates the MHIC Information and Referral Line during regular business hours (M-F; 9- 5).  We link callers to a broad range of local, statewide, and national mental health organizations and programs, and answer questions on mental health topics. Contact MHIC at 1-800-766-6177 [outside NYS: Call (518) 434-0439], ask for the Mental Health Information Center, or email

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