Working to make mainstream affordable housing accessible to people recovering from a mental illness, and advocating for affordable housing
Reforming OMH housing programs so they are available when needed for people who need them most, including persons clinically ready to leave State hospitals
Making housing a high priority concern of treatment providers, so they support consumers' needs for decent, safe and affordable housing.
Providing support to consumers and families to sustain the housing that they have
Working to provide persons with serious mental illness living in inappropriate settings or experiencing homelessness and desiring new housing opportunities
Fundamental to each of these approaches is the understanding that OMH is committed to supporting changes that will help communities and consumers achieve housing independence. Guiding principles for the Redesign of the Office of Mental Health Housing and Community Support Policies, which were released in mid-May, are attached as Appendix 2.
The Commissioners of Health, Mental Health, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities have been crisscrossing the State to talk with stakeholders about the integration of care across the service systems. OMH is very interested in hearing more about strategies for better integrating care, within the fiscal realities facing New York, which would help people achieve recovery, promote resilience and live, learn, work and participate fully in their communities.
Commissioner Hogan also welcomes the opportunity to discuss other local issues and to obtain a deeper understanding of regional and local needs.
Public Hearings Formal hearings will also be held and interested individuals are invited to present verbal and written testimony. OMH is particularly interested in obtaining input in the three areas outlined above and in relation to any aspect of planning that persons wish to address.
Individuals wishing to attend the hearings to listen to the verbal testimony are welcome and are not required to pre-register. The public hearing format does include questions or comments related to testimony presented.
OMH encourages the presentation of testimony and asks individuals interested in presenting testimony verbally to pre-register with the appropriate contact person in each region (see attached). Presenters are also asked to provide two printed copies of their testimony at the hearing. OMH encourages you to consider presenting testimony. If preferred, you may provide just your written testimony at the hearing or send it directly to Keith Simons, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Planning Officer, New York State Office of Mental Health, 44 Holland Avenue, Albany, New York 12229.
We welcome your attendance and participation at the briefings and public hearings.
Keith E. Simons
Deputy Commissioner/Chief Planning Officer
cc: Michael F. Hogan, PhD, Bruce Feig