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Mental Health Update

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September 11, 2023
Mental Health Update

September 2023 RAC Announcement- Please register in advance

What: Regional Advisory Committee

When: September 18, 2023, 8:30 AM to 12:30pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Regional Advisory Committee – OMH. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Description: The Regional Advisory Committee is a public meeting for consumers/survivors/ex-patients, youth, and families, adults and older adults, to provide actionable advice to the divisions within the NYS Office of Mental Health.

DRAFT AGENDA (subject to change)

8:30am-8:35am:   Networking, Sound Check, Orientation to the technology

8:35am-9:00am:   Announcements from community partners: Mental Health Empowerment Project (MHEP),
Families Together in NYS (FTNYS), Youth Power, NY Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Mental Health Association of NYS (MHANYS)

9:00am-9:30am:   Updates from Office of Advocacy and Peer Support Services team

9:30am-10:00am:   Updates from Emil Slane, CFO

10:00am–10:45am:   Presentation on recent Community Engagement Sessions held regarding the Governor’s historic billion-dollar investment in mental health services and the responses gathered from those sessions by Erica VanDeWal from the OMH Office of Planning.

10:45am-10:55am:   Assignment for breakout rooms/brainstorming

10:55am-12:10pm:   Brainstorming groups

12:10pm-12:15pm:   Return to main session

12:15pm-12:30pm:   Report outs from breakout sessions.

Remaining RAC date for 2023: November 20th.

To register go to:  and use the drop down menu to register.  (You will need to register for each date separately.)

Questions being addressed at the RAC are:

  1. Which one theme from the community engagement session resonates with you and explain a specific idea or suggestion about what is needed in the mental health system of care to address it.
  2. Critical Time Intervention (CTI) is a new model of community-based services being designed to support individuals with complex needs transition from the hospital to the community. Each team will be comprised of a therapist, nurse, care manager, and peer. These team members will help to engage and connect the individual with supports in the community, including treatment, housing, and other services. What do you think the role of the peer should be on this team?
  3. We learned from the community engagement sessions that there is a sense that improved communication between (mental health) hospitals and outpatient programs is needed. What suggestions do you have for how these two parts of the mental health system can work together differently?
  4. The results of the community engagement sessions have been instrumental in the rapid development and roll-out of the new initiatives. We want to continue our community engagement efforts at the local level. Are you aware of opportunities in your local community to give feedback to leaders about mental health services? If so, what are they?