NY plans to open 12 mental health and addiction crisis centers in 2023 | Policy

Two state agencies have issued a request for proposals to create 12 new Support Crisis Stabilization Centers for New Yorkers in mental health or addiction crisis.

The state’s Office of Mental Health and Office of Addiction Services and Supports want to open three centers in New York City and one in each of the other nine economic development regions. The Central New York region includes Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, and Oswego counties.

The development of the centers will be supported by $71 million in funding, including $15 million from the federal Community Mental Health Block Grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Today’s investments in mental health and addiction support centers will ensure that no New Yorker navigates crises alone, regardless of age, ability to pay, where they live. or its origin,” Governor Kathy Hochul said.

According to the RFP, centers should have contracts finalized by February 2023 and operational by May 2023.

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There are certain requirements for centers. They are to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The governor’s office said the facilities will provide assistance to people with mental health or addiction symptoms who are in potentially dangerous situations.

The centers will be certified by the state Office of Mental Health and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports. To expand the centers, providers will work with local mental hygiene directors, law enforcement, schools and other programs.

State officials are encouraging behavioral health care providers, including peer-led organizations, to apply. Those eligible to apply include certain non-profit organizations or public benefit corporations with experience providing mental health and addiction treatment services.

To learn more about the call for tenders, go to omh.ny.gov/omhweb/rfp in the context of procurement opportunities and oasas.ny.gov/procurement.

The deadline for proposals is Wednesday, October 5 at 1 p.m.

“Support Crisis Stabilization Centers help people struggling with emotional issues get the help and support they need right away in a welcoming, recovery-oriented environment,” said Dr. Ann Sullivan, Commissioner of the Office of Mental Health. “They will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help people cope with emotional distress or the urge to use substances.”

Sullivan added that the centers will also connect individuals to other services, such as disability services, emergency housing, food and health care.

Political journalist Robert Harding can be reached at (315) 282-2220 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @robertharding.

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