(12/3/21, Shared by Matthew.Canuteson@OMH.NY.GOV)
Six Mental Health Providers Selected To Receive Funding Over 5 Years
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the selection of six mental health providers to receive up to $9 million over five years to support community programs that identify and assist adults age 55 or older whose independence or survival in the community is in jeopardy because of a mental health, substance use, or aging-related concern.
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities across New York, we must do everything in our power to protect the most vulnerable among us,” Governor Hochul said. “This financial support will help older New Yorkers in communities that have been especially hard by the pandemic, and the funding will ensure they have the assistance and support to live independently and with dignity.”
The “Partnership to Support Aging in Place in Communities Severely Impacted by COVID-19” will focus on historically underserved, diverse communities that have been hard hit by COVID-19, and will help individuals to age in place in the communities of their choice. The program will create partnerships between OMH-licensed providers and agencies licensed by the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) and the NYS Office for Aging (NYSOFA).
Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan said, “These awards will help older New Yorkers who are already facing great challenges live independently and with greater dignity in their own communities. These partnerships bring together all the resources available through OMH and our sister agencies – OASAS and NYSOFA — to help ensure that older New Yorkers who are living with mental illness or substance use issues have the opportunity to remain safely in their own homes.”