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OASAS and OMH are conducting a joint public hearing on their Statewide Comprehensive Plans required under Section 5.07 of State Mental Hygiene Law. This hearing will enable stakeholders interested in issues affecting people with mental health and substance use disorders to provide input to OASAS and OMH for consideration in the development of their respective Statewide Comprehensive Plans. It will be held in the style of a town hall meeting. If you would like to attend in one of the seven locations across the state, register early, as seating is first-come, first-served with limited capacity. All sites will be video-conferenced together.

This hearing, and the Statewide Comprehensive Plans it subsequently informs, will address issues concerning the future direction of mental health and substance use disorder services and systems. Given the fundamental restructuring taking place in behavioral health care in New York State through initiatives such as implementing the Affordable Care Act and New York State Medicaid Redesign – this hearing provides a crucial opportunity for interested parties to share their ideas for improving these service systems. OASAS and OMH are dedicated to providing individuals and families access to quality, integrated services and supports that foster recovery and well-being. Comments from individuals, families and organizations are crucial in assisting the two State agencies in meeting the needs of the people we serve.

Register early for the August 27, 2013 OASAS & OMH Joint Public Hearing from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sites have limited capacity.

Hosted by OASAS and OMH, and via videoconference among seven locations:

  • Albany
  • Buffalo
  • Rochester
  • Syracuse
  • Manhattan
  • Staten Island
  • West Brentwood
  • Ogdensburg

OASAS and OMH request that all input be received in writing before the date of the hearing. Individuals testifying should summarize their input, providing the Commissioners and those attending the opportunity to dialogue about priorities.

If you require any special accommodations to participate in the hearing, or have questions about the format, please contact Colleen Garrahan at 518-473-3570.