Governor Hochul Announces $71 Million Available for Development of 12 Crisis Stabilization Support Centers

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that the State is seeking funding proposals of $71 million available for the development of 12 new Crisis Stabilization Support Centers in New York State. The centers will provide support and assistance to people with symptoms of mental health and/or addiction crisis who are experiencing potentially dangerous situations.

“Today’s investments in mental health and addictions support centers will ensure that no New Yorker ever handles crises alone, regardless of age, ability to pay, where they live. or its origin, Governor Hochul said. “Our Supportive Crisis Stabilization Centers will provide 24-hour walk-in services to New Yorkers in crisis, and we will continue to lead the way by making investments to eliminate health care disparities and provide behavioral health services to those who need them most.”

The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) have released a Request for Proposals for the development of new SCSCs.

Dr. Ann Sullivan, commissioner of the Office of Mental Health, said“Crisis Support and Stabilization Centers help people struggling with emotional issues get the help and support they need right away in a welcoming, recovery-oriented environment. 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.They will also connect recipients to services such as emergency housing, health care, food , disability services, addiction and mental health services.

Office of Addiction Services and Supports Commissioner Dr. Chinazo Cunningham said: “Not everyone has access to the care and services they need during normal office hours, and we need to make sure that help is available whenever people decide they need it. These centers will be the first stop for many people in need of immediate help for a mental health or addiction crisis and will be vital in supporting the health of New Yorkers across the state.”

Senator Chuck Schumer said: “Too many New Yorkers are suffering in silence, whether from mental health or addiction struggles, which is why I’ve fought so hard to make sure federal COVID relief bills include historic increases to increase mental health resources and help those in need Now, thanks to this federal investment, New York Regions will have access to 12 new Supportive Crisis Stabilization Centers to help address the crisis of mental health and the scourge of opioids on the front lines in the communities that need it most.

Representative Paul Tonko said: “The COVID pandemic has brought to the fore the all too often overlooked and unmet mental health and addictions needs of Americans. From the very beginning of this pandemic, I have pushed to include funding for mental health programs and resources to provide addiction treatment, and I was proud to successfully provide this relief in our COVID response with the US bailout. I am grateful to see these vital resources being provided and will continue to work to ensure that needs of our communities are met.

Harvey Rosenthal, CEO of the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services, said: “New York’s plan to open new, state-of-the-art Crisis Stabilization Centers will help communities across the state develop a more comprehensive continuum of crisis services. In doing so, the centers will provide a critically important aftercare resource for those using the state’s new 9-8-8 mental health hotline. Many thanks to Governor Hochul and Commissioners Sullivan and Cunningham for creating more options for New Yorkers when they need it most.

Glenn Liebman, CEO of the New York State Mental Health Association, said: “We thank Governor Hochul and Commissioners Sullivan and Cunningham for their leadership in meeting the needs of people in mental health or addiction crisis. The Stabilization Centers will provide a much-needed bridge between 988 and community services. stabilization will also help reduce engagement with emergency rooms and the criminal justice system.”

John Coppola, executive director of the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers, said: “As New York State continues to experience epidemic levels of drug overdose and people seek help for a substance use disorder, the creation of Support Crisis Stabilization Centers by Governor Hochul will encourage a more comprehensive public health approach and provide new tools to ensure that all New Yorkers can access the care they need.”

Amy Dorin, President and CEO of the Behavioral Health Coalition, said: “Governor Hochul is showing her commitment, alongside leaders of state agencies, to improving care for those in behavioral health crisis and building a crisis continuum. Supportive Crisis Stabilization Centers will provide a warm and supportive space welcoming people with mental health and addictions needs services and support We commend Governor Hochul, Commissioner Sullivan and Commissioner Cunningham for the establishment of these centres.

Centers will provide, or agree to provide, all services on-site, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All services are voluntary, person-centred and trauma-informed, with emphasis on emphasis on peer support focused on resilience and recovery.

The 12 centers will be jointly certified by NYS OMH and OASAS and developed in collaboration with the communities they serve, including local mental hygiene directors, schools, community providers, law enforcement agencies and other identified programs, to provide a full continuum of care for referral and follow-up.

The funding includes $15 million in seed money from the federal Community Mental Health Block Grant program administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The funds were awarded to New York State under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and the American Rescue Plan Act.

OMH and OASAS encourage all behavioral health providers who meet the eligibility criteria to apply, including those who operate peer-led organizations. Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) incorporation or public benefit corporations that have experience providing mental health and addiction treatment services to people with dementia. serious mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders.

This RFP can be viewed on the OMH website under Procurement Opportunities at:

https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/rfp/ and the OAAS website under Procurement at: https://oasas.ny.gov/procurement.

Tender proposals must be submitted no later than 1:00 p.m. EST on 10/05/2022.

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