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Understanding Mental Health

NYS OMH Children's Plan

In 2006, Governor George Pataki signed into law the Children’s Mental Health Act which was the single largest one year investment in mental health services for children in New York State history.  The Children's Plan, finalized in October 2008, is the blueprint designed to improve the service delivery systems and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.  The collaboration and support across systems was monumental and gives evidence to the level of commitment to improve the service delivery systems and, ultimately, the lives of children and adolescents struggling with mental health disorders.

The Children’s Plan focuses on the five following themes:

  1. Social and emotional development and learning.
  2. Strengthening family engagement and support.
  3. The right service, the right time, the right amount!
  4. Integrated and effective services: One family-One plan.
  5. Adequate, well trained and culturally competent workforce.

For a copy of The Children’s Plan: Improving the Social and Emotional Well Being of New York’s Children and Their Families click below:

The Children’s Plan is expected to grow and evolve to meet the changing needs of our children and adolescents. The Office of Mental Health continues to encourage individual to provide input and recommendations on the Plan or the children’s service delivery system.

Your thoughts and ideas can be emailed or sent via U.S. Mail to:

The Children’s Plan Division of Children and Families
New York State Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Avenue
Albany, NY 12229