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The Commissioner's Committee for Families (CCF) was established by Former OMH Commissioner, Michael Hogan. It is comprised of family members, family–run organizations and Statewide mental health advocacy organizations. The CCF meets quarterly during the year to discuss current policies, practices and needs of the family members of those with a psychiatric diagnosis. They work on addressing those needs policies and practices to guide how best outcomes are utilized to improve their loved ones and the communities mental wellness and care services delivered to those with a diagnosis in a “People Centered Planning” model.

The positive collaborations of the CCF members have produced various publications, available to the public through OMH such as the “When Families Join the Mental Health Care Team…” pamphlet and the “Understanding HIPAA, NYS Mental Hygiene Law…” booklet.

The Committee has provided insight on many of OMH’s initiatives and projects, such as the NYS Cemetery Restoration Project. It is through the partnership this committee holds with OMH that the needs of families and their loved ones with a psychiatric diagnosis can best address the needs of the entire family in support of overall wellness. For there to be recovery, there needs to be information and support. The Commissioners Committee for Families is one of those supports working to seek out, develop and provide other supports to the communities of NYS.

In March of 2010 the Recipient Advisory Committee and the Commissioner’s Committee for Families combined into one meeting. It is now called the Regional Advisory Committee (RAC).

If you would like more information or would like to register for the next meeting, please contact the Regional Advocacy Specialist from your region click here.

The directors of the Office of Mental Health's five field offices are responsible for resolving issues and concerns to families related to improving the quality of mental health care their regions. They are listed below.

Regional Field Coordinators

Bob Moon, Director
330 Fifth Ave. 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 330-1650
Fax: (212) 330-6359
Counties in region: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond

Martha Carlin, Director
Pilgrim Psychiatric Center
Building 45-3
998 Crooked Hill Road
West Brentwood, NY 11717-1087
Phone: (631) 761-2886
Fax: (631) 761-2820
Counties in region: Nassau and Suffolk

Mary Lum, Director
10 Ross Circle, Suite 5N
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 454-8229
Fax: (845) 454-8218
Counties in region: Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster, Warren, Washington and Westchester.

Linda Nelson, Director
545 Cedar Street
Syracuse, New York 13210-2319
Phone: (315) 426-3930
Fax: (315) 426-3950
Counties in region: Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Clinton, Cortland, Delaware, Essex, Fulton, Franklin, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Madison, Montgomery, Lewis, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego and St. Lawrence

Christina Smith, Director
737 Delaware Avenue, Suite 200
Buffalo, New York 14209
Phone: (716) 533-4075
Fax: (716) 885-4096
Counties in region: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates.


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