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Promoting the Mental Health and Healthy Development of New York's Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Advancing the Agenda, Sutaining the Gails: Call to Action

We are pleased to attach a copy of, Promoting the Mental Health and Healthy Development of New York’s Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Advancing the Agenda, Sustaining the Gains: A Call to Action, prepared by the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Strategic Work Group. The Work Group is an advisory group to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Members include experts from the fields of early intervention, health, mental health, early care and education, child welfare and the judicial and academic systems. The group was convened to develop an action plan for New York City and New York State to address the mental health needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers and their families.

This report is a follow-up to the 2005 White Paper which we believe played an important and constructive role in alerting policy makers to the need for government to play a more active role in promoting early childhood mental health. We wrote this White Paper to update the findings made then, to point to continued unmet mental health needs for young children in New York State, and to strongly urge policy makers to consider a series of recommended changes in governmental policy in order to support and promote the critical mental health needs of young children.

Click here to see the full copy of Promoting the Mental Health and Healthy Development of New York's Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers: Advancing the Agenda, Sustaining the Gains: A Call to Action.

Special Edition of OMH News on Preventing Teenage Suicide

The New York State Office of Mental Health has posted a special edition of the OMH News: Teenage Suicide: Prevention, Risk Factors and Waning Signs. Reprinted with permission of the Middletown Times Herald-Record, the issue illustrates proactive suicide prevention activities being taken by residents and communities in Orange County.

As stated by OMH Commissioner Hogan in his introduction to the special edition: "Suicide is a leading, tragic and preventable cause of death.... We hope this article informs and encourages you to take action. Please take a minute to read it, learn to recognize when someone needs help, and know what steps we can all take to prevent the human tragedy of suicide."

Please reach out and share this information with friends, family members and neighbors. For more information on preventing suicide, please visit the OMH Suicide Prevention webpage.

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

NAMI New York State congratulates Dr. Leopoldo J. Cabassa, Assistant Director of The New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute for receiving the Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). As NIMH’s New York State Outreach Partner, NAMI-NYS is excited to see that the disparities in the health care of racial and ethnic minorities are being addressed in Dr. Cabassa’s study.

The New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute is pleased to announce that Dr. Leopoldo J. Cabassa, our Assistant Director, has been awarded a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the National Institutes of Mental Health. The project titled “Implementing Health Care Interventions for Hispanics with Serious Mental Illness (K01 MH09118)” is a five year grant that will prepare Dr. Cabassa to become an independent investigator in implementation research to address the disparities in physical health care faced by racial and ethnic minorities with serious mental illness. A mentoring team led by Drs. Roberto Lewis-Fernández and Benjamin Druss, will guide Dr. Cabassa’s training. The research plan for this project uses a collaborative intervention planning framework that blends principles of community based participatory research and intervention mapping to modify and assess the feasibility and acceptability of an existing care manager intervention for outpatient mental health clinics.

The New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence looks forward to engaging in this collaborative project and contributing to improving the integration of health and mental health services in public mental health system for minorities with serious mental illness.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Cabassa’s project.

Click here to learn more about the New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.

OMH News

November 2010

Making Health a Priority for OMH Consumers
by Cassis Henry, MD , Columbia Public Psychiatry Fellow; and Lloyd I Sederer, MD , OMH Medical Director

Recent years have made it plain that as many OMH consumers age, their health problems grow and can often compromise the quality of their lives. To meet the health needs of our patients OMH has begun monitoring consumer health measures and is using this information to inform and support the wellness efforts of recipients.

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NAMI-NYS Announces New Executive Director

NAMI-NYS Announces New Executive Director

NAMI-NYS is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald P. Capone as NAMI-NYS Executive Director. Don has a Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany, and a long and impressive history of working as a highly respected government official in the State of New York.

Most recently, Don served as Deputy Commissioner for Administration for the Division of Criminal Justice Services for New York State. He has served as Chief Budget Examiner for the Division of Budget, Medical Review Analyst with the Bureau of Medicaid Fraud, and is intimately familiar with the challenges and complexities of government and the legislative process. Don brings a wealth of experience to NAMI-NYS in policy development, securing grants and other sources of funding, programmatic initiatives, and human resources. He has worked with volunteers and advocates over the years, and has a proven record of success in dealing with different points of view and competing interests. He has held executive positions with both the Democratic and Republican administrations.

Don has worked with federally funded programs designed to provide jobs for youth from economically disadvantaged families, with group homes and shelters, and was a VISTA volunteer. He is compassionate, intelligent, and kind. Don officially began his position with us on March 7, 2011.

 

New York State Launches New Webpage About Medicaid Spend-Down Program

November 19, 2010


On Friday, November 19, 2010, the New York State Department of Health launched a new web page that explains how consumers can obtain Medicaid through the Medicaid "Excess Income" or "Spend-down" program.   

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NYS OMH 2010-2014 Comprehensive Statewide Plan

Last year's Statewide Plan for Mental Health services opened with consumer/survivor Dr. Pat Deegan's compelling questions: How do we create hope filled, humanized environments and relationships in which people can grow?

Recognizing that our environment and our relationships can have a profound effect on lives, we hope that our mental health system can begin to answer that question. The never-ending transformation of the mental health system should expan hope, raise expectations and nurture growth. The passion for helping others that brought us to mental health work provides energy for the changes that can answer Dr. Deegan's question.

Click here to view the entire plan.

OMH Releases Adult Home Resident Supported Housing Request for Proposal

October 13, 2010

Pursuant to a federal court's order in the case Disability Advocates, Inc. v. Paterson, et al., the New York State Office of Mental Health has released the New York City-based supported housing RFP at

http://www.omh.state.ny.us/omhweb/rfp/2010/supported_housing/adult_home_residents/ 

 

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Proclamation from the Mayor of Albany

"In the City of Albany, and join with residents of Albany to increase public awareness of mental illness and support the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in their mission to educate America about mental illness, offer resources to those in need, and work diligently to ensure that mental illness become a high national priority"

Read the entire Proclamation from the Mayor by clicking here.

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