Listed below is an announcement from OMH regarding funding of projects to
reduce stigma based on the Mental Health Income Tax Check Off

At MHANYS, we hope that this is the first of what will be many successful
campaigns to raise awareness and funding to diminish the stigma of mental
illness. We are continuing our anti-stigma efforts this year through a
campaign to add mental health awareness to license plates. We will continue
to need your help and support to make this successful.

April 14, 2017

Dear Community Partner,

The New York State Offices of Mental Health is making available funding for
projects to promote stigma reduction. These funds are from the revenues
received through the voluntary tax check off program. This program,
approved by the legislature in 2016, allows tax payers, on their NYS Tax
Filing, to designate a contribution to the fund to promote the reduction of
stigma towards persons with mental illness.

These funds will be made available each year subject to the funds collected
through taxpayer designations. For 2017, OHM has approximately $75,000
available for this year. Projects need to be completed within a one-year
time frame. The maximum award to any one agency will be $5,000. OMH
intends to select at least two projects in each of the 5 OMH regions.
Agencies chosen for funding must have at least one year of experience
serving persons with mental illness.

In order to be considered, projects need to address one or more of the
goals below:

1) Housing – Activities intended to combat the stigma and discrimination
in housing which keep people with mental illness from obtain safe
affordable housing.

2) Employment – Activities intended to combat the stigma and
discrimination in the workplace that make it difficult for persons with
mental illness to find and keep meaningful jobs.

3) Education – Activities intended to combat the stigma and
discrimination in schools that interferes with the ability of students with
mental illness to fully participate in the educational environment.

4) Parenting – Activities intended to combat the stigma and
discrimination experienced by individuals with mental illness who are also

5) Media – Activities intended to combat the stigma, discrimination, and
negative stereotypes in the media. This could also include social media.

6) Health Care – Activities intended to combat the stigma and
discrimination in the health care system that leads to people with mental
illness not receiving certain types of health care that they need.

Activities include, but are not limited to: advertising, flyers, speakers,
training, and multimedia productions. These funds cannot be used to cover
the cost of food, conference travel, or other purchases precluded by law or

To be considered for these funds, proposals should include:

– Focus Area – The area or areas from the list above that will be the
focus on the project
– Timeframe – This should account for the single year nature of the
– Target Audience – Who will these activities seek to focus on
– Staffing Plan – Staff and consultants involved, including names of
individuals if known
– Budget – Spending plan for the funds
– Deliverables – Listing of any specific products or projected numbers
of presentations

Projects selected for funding will receive a 75% advance of the funding for
their project. A July 1, 2017 start is expected. Upon completion of the
project, providers are required to submit a final claim which must include
a full accounting and supporting documentation for expenditures. At that
time the remaining 25% can be claimed. Any unspent funds must be returned.
Providers filing a CFR must report these funds and related expenditure on
their CFR. Information on claims reporting will be provided at the time of

Any questions regarding these funds should be directed to Joseph Swinford
by email or phone (518) 473-6579.

Completed project proposals must be submitted by May 10, 2017 to:

Community Budget and Financial Management

Office of MentalHealth
44 Holland Ave, 7th Floor
Albany, NY 12229

Attn: Carol Swiderski

We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to working with you
to improve the lives of those we serve.

John B. Allen, Jr.
Special Assistant to the Commissioner