Find a Test Site Near You
Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065

COVID-10 Assessment and Testing Site Referral
If you are concerned about COVID-19 and would like to take an online assessment and be referred to a NYSDOH testing site, visit

NY Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF) NEW
The NYFLF targets the state’s small businesses with 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees (90% of all businesses), nonprofits and small landlords that have seen a loss of rental income. Priority will be given to industries that have been reopened. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as regions and industries reopen, and seek to target:
  • Small businesses and nonprofits employing 20 or fewer full-time equivalent (FTE) employees; 
  • Small businesses that have gross revenues of less than $3 million per year;
  • Nonprofits that provide direct services and have an annual operating budget of less than $3 million per year; and
  • Businesses that have not received a loan from either SBA Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) for COVID-19 in 2020. 

Pre-application page can be found here

New York Forward
New York State’s information about re-opening with guidelines for industries identified in PHASE I and safety plan templates to prepare for reopening, including essential construction businesses.  

4/28/20 Guidance for Determining Whether a Business Enterprise is Subject to a Workforce Reduction Under Recent Executive Orders
Please review Frequently Asked Questions here
Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Directing Employers to Provide Masks to Employees Who Interact with the Public
“Effective at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020 any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.”

NYS Covid-Related Paid Leave 

4/20/20 Asset Management Program Notices - COVID 19 
4/9/20 HCR Construction Guidance 
3/26/2020 HCR Program Notice
3/27/2020 HCR Update 

4/26/20 Updated Interim Guidance: Protocol for COVID-19 Testing Applicable to All Health Care Providers and Local Health Departments
4/21/20 Discontinuation of Isolation for Patients with COVID-19 Who Are Hospitalized or in Nursing Homes, Adult Care Homes, or Other Congregate Settings with Vulnerable Residents
Please see attached guidance from DOH regarding updated guidelines for discontinuation of isolation for patients with Covid-19. The most important change involves the non-test based strategy for discontinuing isolation, which extends the recommended isolation period from 7 to 14 days. This guidance may be relevant in hospital psychiatric inpatient units.
04/12/20 Face Coverings: Frequently Asked Questions 
3/27/20 MRT Supportive Housing Guidance 

6/25/20 Infection Control Guidance for Reopening Public Mental Health System Sites NEW
             - Residential program guidance is on pages 8-13

On June 6, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.38, which extends telehealth regulatory flexibility and modifications to the background check process for OMH-licensed, funded, and designated programs, as detailed in Executive Order 202.1, until July 6, 2020.

COVID-19 Emotional Support Helpline 
The COVID-19 Helpline is accessible to all New Yorkers, including non-English speakers, and individuals who are hearing impaired, operating from 8AM-10PM, 7 days a week. Number: 1-844-863-9314 

6/11/20 COVID-19 Disaster Emergency FAQ
4/30/20 Memo: COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment
4/21/20 Incident Reporting and NIMRS Updates 
4/20/20 Guidance on Telemental Health 

4/13/20 Documentation Guidance for Adult and Children’s Residential Programs Regarding Emergency Response to COVID-19  
4/11/20 Revised: COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance for OMH Residential and Site-Based Programs 
4/11/20 Guidance for Implementation of Executive Order 202.13 Provisions Regarding Background Checks 

3/27/20 State Aid Contracting with OMH during the COVID-19 State of Emergency Webinar for Direct Contract Providers 
3/25/20 FAQs from Supportive Housing Providers RE: COVID-19 
3/13/20 OMH Letter from Dr. Sullivan to Providers
3/19/20 Supplemental Guidance Regarding Use of Telehealth for People Served in OMH-Licensed or Funded Residential Programs During the Disaster Emergency
3/20/20  Letter from Dr. Sullivan on Essential Business 
3/20/20 Guidance for State Aid Funded Contracts 
3/16/20 - Managing Anxiety During COVID-19 

4/27/20  Importance of Consulting the OASAS Regional Office Any Changes to Approved Budgets
"Effective April 27, 2020, any fiscal actions that providers take unilaterally, and without the prior approval of OASAS will be subject to disallowance until ultimately reviewed and approved.  For example, if hazard pay has been implemented and OASAS was not consulted, the amount expended until approval is obtained will not be an allowable expense on provider's 2020 final claims."

3/11/20 Guidance for NYS Behavioral Health Programs 

3/20/20 Guidance on Staff Reduction

4/15/20 Waivers & Emergency Guidance Related to Public Benefits in New York During the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration 

3/25/20 Managing Suicidal Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

3/25/20 Guidance on Regulatory Relief Related to COVID-19 
3/25/20 Child Care Subsidy Program Information for Local Social Services Districts in Response to COVID-19
3/25/20 RHY Temporary Variance Form
March 2020 Guidance for NYS Office of Children and Family Services Programs

FAQs for the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) Food Benefits
3/31/20 Interim Guidance for Operators of Facilities Providing Housing to Individuals who are Homeless and Supportive Housing, or Organizations Making Referrals to Such Facilities 
3/31/20 Protocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following  COVID-19 Exposure or Infection 
3/23/20 Letter to Providers from Michael Hein on Essential Employees