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SCOPE OF PRACTICE BILL SIGNED INTO LAW

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law A6008E/S9449, a bill that the NYS Council has supported.  The bill addresses clinical scope of practice issues impacting Article 163 practitioners (MHCs, MFTs and Psychoanalysts).  Specifically, it requires clinical experience for certain mental health practitioners and other mental health professionals; allows such practitioners to make assessment-based treatment plans; makes related provisions.

Further details about the bill are available online here.

GOVERNOR HOCHUL ANNOUNCES AWARDS TO DEVELOP
INTEGRATED OUTPATIENT TREATMENT PROGRAMS

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced the award of $3,446,865 to 14 addiction treatment providers throughout New York State, which will allow them to develop Comprehensive Integrated Outpatient Treatment Programs. These programs will make it easier for New Yorkers seeking treatment for a substance use disorder to access multiple services in one location.

Comprehensive Integrated Outpatient Treatment Programs are a new initiative designed to address the ongoing need for comprehensive treatment in New York State. Funding was made available to providers to either combine existing OTPs and outpatient programs or develop new programs to provide integrated services.

Congratulations to NYS Council members that received awards!

The full press release is available online here.

OMH WEBINAR RECORDING AND SLIDES: HELPING CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES COPE AFTER MASS VIOLENCE

OMH recently held a statewide community webinar, “Helping Children Youth and Families Cope After Mass Violence.”

The presentation was designed to help parents, educators and other trusted adults to better understand common reactions to traumatic stress in children and youth. The presentation overviewed what adults can do and say to help children at various developmental stages as well as coping skills for caregivers. The webinar also provided information about the mental health effects of hate-based violence and racism on children and youth.

A recording of the proceedings is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gUMXjmNvLU.

A copy of the presentation is available at: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/disaster_resources/children-youth-families-webinar.pdf.

Additional resources for New Yorkers impacted by the Buffalo shooting are available at: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/disaster_resources/emergency-mental-health-resources.html.

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