July 7, 2022
What Happens After a Call to the Mental Health Hotline?

On July 16, New Yorkers requiring help for substance use, suicide prevention or their mental health will have a new phone number to call and text. But as that day approaches, mental health advocates have their sights set on what’s happening on the other end of the phone call.

A federal law enacted in 2020 to replace the 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline with 988 meant to provide faster and more appropriate support for those going through mental health crises. As the city works toward that transition, opinions differ on whether appropriate funding, public awareness and coordination with other programs are in place to make it a success, partially because the shift is more ambitious than just changing digits. Read more here.

Governor Hochul Announces $104 Million Awarded to 16 Developments Across New York to Provide 864 Affordable Homes

Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced that $104 million has been awarded to create or preserve 864 affordable homes in 16 separate developments across New York. The funding announced today will further local economic development initiatives, expand the housing supply in every region, fight homelessness with supportive services for vulnerable populations, and help close the digital divide for lower-income households. The developments will also advance the State's ambitious goal to achieve an 85 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read more here.
New OASAS Commissioner Takes Different Approach in Opioid Battle

In New York, there’s a new face behind the fight against the opioid epidemic, Dr. Chinazo Cunningham. She’s taking a different approach in this battle.

A primary case physician for 20 years, she’s board certified in addiction medicine. This month, she marks six months as the commissioner of OASAS – the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and she’s pushing to take things in a new direction. More here.
Summer 2022 Issue of NYSAC News Released

The latest issue of NYSAC News Magazine features the theme "Confronting Our Mental Health Crisis," which highlights challenges we face as well as the innovative ways counties are serving the mental health needs of their communities. Click here to read the Summer 2022 issue.
Redefining Suicide in the U.S.

Just speaking the word suicide — or reading this story headline — might make your stomach drop. There’s no gentle way to broach the subject. But the sheer number of people who are taking their own lives demands a closer look.

At least 700,000 people die by suicide each year, according to World Health Organization (WHO) data. In the U.S., well over 45,000 people become victims annually. That’s more than the yearly count of deaths from breast cancer, leukemia or prostate cancer.

These numbers fit into a concerning trend: Americans are now killing themselves at a rate roughly 30 percent higher than just 20 years ago. Read more here.
Funding Opportunity: Supporting Vulnerable At-Risk Youth and Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care

The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention will provide funding for pilot demonstration projects to develop, implement, and build replicable treatment models for residential-based innovative care, treatment, and services for adolescents and youth transitioning out of foster care who have experienced a history of foster care involvement, child poverty, child abuse or neglect, human trafficking, juvenile justice involvement, substance use or misuse, or gang involvement. The program has an interest in providing services for youth in rural areas. Read more here.
Telehealth Boosted Visits, Follow-Ups For Patients With Severe Mental Illness

A study published in JAMA Network Open found that increased telehealth use in rural communities positively impacted access to healthcare services for Medicare beneficiaries with severe mental illnesses.

Historically, people battling mental health conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder struggle to obtain necessary care, according to researchers. However, the expansion of telehealth services and access to technology in recent years has provided new methods of treating patients. Read more here.
Brick-and-Mortar Behavioral Health Providers Best Positioned to Weather New Telehealth Regs

Facility-based behavioral health operators may be better positioned to cope with changing telehealth regulations than their virtual-only peers.

That’s because facility operators who use telehealth have the required building blocks to apply in-person treatment or telehealth as needs arise. In contrast, virtual-only companies must find other ways to partner or integrate with facility operators, according to a panel hosted by Behavioral Health Business. Read more here.

New SAMHSA Advisory: Peer Support Services in Crisis Care

This advisory discusses the role of peer support workers and models of peer support services that are available to assist individuals who are experiencing a crisis. Peer support services are a vital component of crisis care.
Report: Advancing an Alternative to Police: Community-Based Services for Black People with Mental Illness

The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and the Legal Defense Fund (formerly NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.) are proud to release the report, Advancing an Alternative to Police: Community-Based Services for Black People with Mental Illness.

Studies show that Black people and people with mental illness are both more likely to experience harmful interactions with law enforcement that can lead to injury, incarceration, or death. To protect Black people with mental illness and help them thrive, states and local governments must invest in comprehensive, culturally competent mental health systems to prevent emergencies from occurring and to respond when emergencies occur. Read the report to learn about how a robust community-based mental health services system can be a meaningful alternative to a law enforcement response for Black people with mental illness.

Additional article of interest: CMS Innovation Center Tackles Implicit Bias

July 7, 4 - 6 pm, MHTTC

July 7, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

July 11, 1 - 2 pm, MTM Services

July 12, 11 am - 12 pm, OMH

July 12, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, CCSI

July 12, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

July 12, 2 - 3:30 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

July 13, 10 - 11 am, OMH

July 13, 12 - 1 pm, 2022 SPCNY Suicide Prevention Coalition Academy

July 13, 1 - 2 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

July 14, 12 - 1:30 pm, Bazelon Center, Legal Defense Fund

July 14, 12 - 1:30 pm, NYAPRS

July 14, 1:30 - 3 pm, NCSACW

July 14, 2 - 3 pm, NASHP

July 15, 12:30 - 2 pm, NASMHPD

July 15, 2 - 3 pm, HHRC

July 15, 5 - 6:15 pm, Kaiser Permanente's Institute for Health Policy

July 18, 10:30 am - 12 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

July 19, 10 - 11 am, OMH

July 19, 3 - 4:30 pm, SAMHSA's GAINS Center

July 20, 10 - 11 am, OMH

July 21, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm, United Hospital Fund

July 21, 12 - 1 pm, PsychU

July 21, 2 - 3 pm, National Council for Mental Wellbeing

July 27, 3 - 4 pm, NWATTC

July 27, 3 - 5 pm, NAADAC

July 28, 1 - 2:30 pm, OMH


OASAS Agency Day
July 11: 9:30 - 11:30 am

OMH Agency Day
July 12: 9:30 - 11:30 am

OPWDD Agency Day
July 13: 9:30 - 11:30 am

Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting
July 14: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting
July 14: 3 - 4 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting
July 19: 11:30 am - 1 pm

CLMHD Membership Call
July 20: 9 - 10:30 am

LGU Clinic Operators Meeting
July 26: 10 - 11:30 am


CLMHD Executive Committee Meeting
August 3: 8 - 9 am

LGU Clinic Operators Meeting
August 9: 10 - 11:30 am

Addiction Services & Recovery Committee Meeting
August 11: 11 am - 12 pm

Mental Health Committee Meeting
August 11: 3 - 4 pm

Children & Families Committee Meeting
August 16: 11:30 am - 1 pm

CLMHD Membership Call
August 17: 9 - 10:30 am

Mental Hygiene Planning Committee Meeting
August 18: 1 - 3 pm
The Conference of Local Mental Hygiene Directors advances public policies and awareness for people with mental illness, chemical dependency and developmental disabilities. We are a statewide membership organization that consists of the Commissioner/ Director of each of the state's 57 county mental hygiene departments and the mental hygiene department of the City of New York.

Affiliated with the NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC)