Office of Mental Health
Initiatives To Serve Persons With
Serious and Persistent Mental Illness OMH has identified adults with serious
and persistent mental illness as the group that most needs State-funded mental health treatment.
In the past, this group was treated at State psychiatric centers, but when these centers were
closed treatment was shifted to community-based programs. We examined the community-based
services provided by OMH to this group of patients, as well as the methods used by OMH to
fund these services. We found that limited improvements have been realized by OMH in its
treatment of these patients and in its funding of this treatment. We noted that further
improvements were possible, particularly in treatment funding. For example, research indicates
that costs can be reduced if treatment is reimbursed through a capitated payment system (in
which a single payment entitles a patient to receive certain services) rather than through the
fee-for-service payment system used in New York.
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