Office of Mental Health

Oversight of Criminal History Record Checks for Service Provider Employees

The Office of Mental Health (OMH) provides inpatient and outpatient services to approximately 500,000 New Yorkers annually. OMH may be assisted by not-for-profit service providers, and at the time of our audit, 474 such providers were certified by OMH. All prospective employees of these providers who would have close or unsupervised contact with patients are required by law to undergo a background check as a condition of their employment. We audited OMH’s oversight of the service providers’ compliance with this requirement and found that the oversight provided reasonable assurance the providers were complying with the requirement.

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