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Mental Health Update

March 9, 2023
Mental Health Update

Take Advantage of the OMH Public Forums Upcoming Next Week in Albany and Plattsburgh

Governor Hochul and Commissioner Sullivan have put together the best mental health budget in many years with funding for services, programs, prevention and early intervention initiatives.

This is a budget that we all have a stake in to help strategize from our end as to what this funding should look like.  This is a real opportunity and we hope you take advantage to help transform the future of mental health care (and of course to advocate for 8.5% COLA).


Next Week! Register in advance.

Members of the Capital District and North Country communities, please join the Office of Mental Health (OMH) for an in-person community engagement session to discuss the mental health priorities outlined in Governor Hochul’s 2023 State of the State plan and Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget. Your input will be integral in OMH’s planning process for these historic resources aiming to transform and strengthen the State’s mental healthcare system.

We want to hear from providers, advocates, people and families with lived experience and community members. The needs and insights gathered in these virtual and in-person sessions will help OMH effectively develop new programs and policies for expanding housing, outpatient programs, school-based clinics, and hospital services, and increase insurance coverage for mental health services.

Please see the dates and locations below and register in advance for the session that works for you. The evening and morning sessions cover the same content; both are offered to ensure we reach as many people as possible. The session will begin with a review of the initiatives by OMH leadership and then we will break into groups for focused discussion.