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date: 20 February 2020

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This article examines mental health policy in New York State. Mental health policy in New York State is driven by several complicated, interrelated, historically rooted components. The primary functions of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) are addressed. OMH made a major commitment to funding community residences. The development of residential alternatives remains a high priority for OMH. The emerging role of the consumer in mental health policy was a move to ensure the civil rights of those suffering from mental illness. Timothy's Law served to provide parity between health and mental health care. OMH's inclusion of consumers' views on what is necessary for the development of sound public policy for the care of persons who are recovering from a mental illness represents a major step in the right direction.

Keywords: mental health policy, New York State, Office of Mental Health, civil rights, mental illness, Timothy's Law

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