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

The Automated Mental Health Background Check (MHBC)

The new automated Mental Health Background Check will allow your organization to perform searches of public mental health systems automatically. Your organization will be able to use this system for mental health background checks for individuals requesting pistol permits, long rifle, explosives, and certain types of employment. Using this new system, you will be given notification of the results within 24 hours of the request. Access to this system is limited to members of local law enforcement with responsibility for pistol permits, long rifles, explosives and certain types of employment.

Archived Webinar for Demonstration of the Mental Health Background Check Automated System (Aired 5/22/12) Leaving OMH site

PDF of Presentation PDF Document (2.2mb)

Log onto the MHBC System Leaving OMH site

MHBC User Guide PDF Document (3.31mb)

Authorization for Release of Information PDF Document (127kb)

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and Information Security Training are required for any staff authorized to use the system.

HIPAA Training Video (requires Windows Media Player 11)

Please use the links below to view the trainings and supplemental materials.


Information Security Training