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Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D., Acting Commissioner
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Hurricane Sandy Resources

The New York State Office of Mental Health has created the Project Hope Crisis Counseling Program to assist individuals, families, and groups impacted by the disaster caused by Hurricane Sandy. Project Hope offers free and confidential supportive counseling and public education services to Hurricane Sandy disaster victims in New York City as well as Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. It is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and administered on the federal level by the Center for Mental Health Services. To be connected with a crisis counselor in your area, please call LIFENET at 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638). LIFENET en Espanol 1-877-AYUDESE (1-800-298-3373) or LIFENET in Mandarin or Cantonese 1-877-990-8585 or LIFENET TTY 1-212-982-5284.

As a result of Hurricane Sandy, federal authorities declared the following counties to be a Federal Disaster area, effective October 27, 2012: Bronx County, Kings County, Nassau County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County, Rockland County, Suffolk County and Westchester County.

The disaster declaration allows the federal government to temporarily waive specific federal laws and regulations for affected health care providers and recipients of health care services in the named counties. Governor Cuomo and Acting Commissioner Woodlock have also exercised their respective authorities and waived specific laws and regulations for affected health and behavioral health care providers and recipients of services in the disaster region.

The guidance provided by OMH is intended to clarify what rules are waived, under what conditions are they waived and program and reimbursement options available to providers. In all cases, rules are waived only in the disaster area and only to the extent necessary to respond to disaster-related challenges. The guidance will be augmented and updated on an ongoing basis. Waivers cover:

The Office of Mental Health has created this webpage to quickly disseminate information regarding Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. This page will be updated as more information becomes available so it is important to check back often.

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to Hurricane Sandy Resources