State Operations: A Vision for the Future
“You can never cross the ocean
unless you have the courage
to lose sight of the shore.” — Christopher Columbus
Each year OMH state-operated Psychiatric Centers serve over 8,000 people through inpatient services. OMH employs leaders in the fields of psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, peer supports, rehabilitation and care management.
We have the largest state-run hospital system in the country. It is 3 times the size of the next largest system. Our current business model was developed in the 1840's and has not kept pace with the expectations of the recipients, children and families, the science of what helps people to recover from mental illness, health care reform or the tenets of the Olmstead decision.
Forces of Change
New York's public mental health system will enter into Medicaid managed care in 2014. Soon, all individuals with Medicaid will have their mental health care managed by Health Plans. These Health Plans will be accountable and responsible for the mental health outcomes for their enrollees. Health Plans will be able to choose providers in their networks.
It is imperative that OMH update our business model to position state-operated services as a high value choice for our consumers and health plans. This will require us to shift from a primarily hospital-based operation to a state-operated continuum of services that assist individuals with the most complex experiences of mental illness.
Strategic Business Model
Our future will be bright if we can develop a new business model. Over the next several months, OMH will:
- Develop a long range plan with the input of recipients, families, OMH employees, stakeholder and advocates;
- Building from OMH‘s strengths;
- Outline a plan to reduce OMH inpatient capacity and increasing OMH community services; and
- Advance a plan that offers continuity of employment for current OMH employees across the State.
Positioning OMH State Operations for the Future
Communication is key to the success in establishing the role for state–operated services in the public mental health system of the future. This site provides background information on the OMH vision and listening tour dates.
This site and our Listening Tour are vehicles for you to hear about our vision and to help shape the future.
We look forward to working with recipients, families, providers, stakeholders, and our partners in labor to advance a predictable, long–term operations model for OMH.