Office of Mental Health

Oversight of the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program

The Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program was created to provide a systematic response to psychiatric emergencies in certain areas of New York State in order to help reduce overcrowding in hospital emergency rooms and provide an alternative to inpatient admissions. We examined how the Program was overseen by the Office of Mental Health and found that certain improvements are needed. In particular, we found that Program performance data could be more fully evaluated by OMH, action could be taken to follow up on the deficiencies identified by clinical audits, and action could be taken to ensure that patients have access to crisis residence beds in all areas of the State.

For a complete copy of Report 96-S-20 click here.
For a copy of the 90-day response click here.