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James Plastiras, Director of Public Information
New York State Office of Mental Health

June 15, 2018


Taxpayer Contributions to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ Now Available to 15 Non-Profit Agencies Statewide; Grant Applications due July, 31, 2018

ALBANY, NY – The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) today announced the availability of up to $75,000 in grant funding for projects that help reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness. 

This funding represents the revenues received through a voluntary tax check-off program launched in 2016. This program allows taxpayers to contribute easily to the ‘Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund’ when filing their NYS taxes.

“All too often, people with mental health issues or concerns don’t seek the help they need because of the stigma surrounding mental illness,” said Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan.  “But the truth is, with proper treatment, people with mental illness can live fulfilling, productive and happy lives.  By fighting stigma, these awards will help encourage people with behavioral health issues to seek treatment and work towards recovery.”

The Office of Mental Health will provide 15 grants of up to $5,000 each to support year-long stigma-reduction projects. Agencies must have at least one year of experience serving individuals with mental illness in order to qualify.

Proposals must focus on one or more of several specific issue areas, including the stigma and discrimination people with mental illness face in housing, employment, media coverage, health care, parenting or in underserved populations.   

OMH will prioritize projects that target education, and include activities intended to combat the stigma and discrimination in schools that interfere with the ability of students with mental illness to fully participate in the educational environment. 

Project proposals must include the agency’s focus area, project timeline, target audience, staffing plan, budget, and specific deliverables. Activities can include, but are not limited to: advertising, flyers, speakers, training, and multimedia productions.

Completed project proposals must be received by July 31, 2018.  OMH intends to select at least two projects in each region of the State. More information about grant requirements can be found on the OMH website.

Completed project proposals should be submitted to:
Community Budget and Financial Management
Office of Mental Health
44 Holland Ave, 7th Floor
Albany, NY 12229
Attn: Carol Swiderski 

Any questions can be directed to Joseph Swinford by email joseph.swinford@omh.ny.gov or phone (518) 473-6579. 


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