Bob Myers, New York State Office of Mental Health Senior Deputy Commissioner, Division of Community Program Management and Managed Care has retired after a half century of leadership in community mental health. Bob championed a succession of OMH housing initiatives from “creating a continuum of care to the creation of a large OMH portfolio of licensed and unlicensed housing, including the three New York/New York Agreements.
On August 1st the Network hosted a NetWorkshop with Medication for Addiction Treatment and Electronic Referrals (MATTERS) on MATTERS' services for people with substance use disorder, harm reduction and information about Xylazine.
BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, started by Bebe Moore Campbell who was a writer, teacher, NPR commentator and advocate for mental health, particularly for the Black community, is a dedicated time to raise awareness about the mental health challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
OMH has added two new features to its website, that we want to highlight:
The Network is deeply saddened by the passing of Father John Felice, a leading light who, with Father John McVean, co-founded St. Francis Residence 1 – the first permanent, affordable housing with on-site services for people with serious mental illness who did not have a home...the start of what is now called supportive housing.