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James Plastiras Director of Public Information New York State Office of Mental Health 518-474-6540 james.plastiras@omh.ny.gov

May 03, 2022

New York State Recognizes Long Island System of Care for its Dedication to Children’s Mental Health

Hempstead Prevention Coalition Honored for Creating Change through Community Coalition Building

Albany, NY - New York State is honoring the Hempstead Prevention Coalition with the 2022 ‘What’s Great in our State’ System of Care Award.

A System of Care (SOC) is a coordinated network of cross-system partners that collaborate using governance or infrastructure to achieve their vision and goals. It values being family-driven, youth-guided, community-based and culturally/linguistically responsive.

The Family and Children’s Association’s Hempstead Prevention Coalition uses an evidence-based, strategic prevention framework and has actively engaged multiple areas of the community to make a difference. It includes representatives from all 12 sectors of the community: youth, parents, business, media, school, youth organizations, law enforcement, religious, health care, civic/community/ State/ Local organizations. This enhances the wholistic approach to creating a prevention-minded, civically engaged, and successful generation of youth.

“The Hempstead Prevention Coalition shows us ‘What’s Great in Our State’ through its wide net of prevention strategies and community partnerships,” said New York State Office of Mental Health Commissioner Dr. Ann Sullivan. “This coalition shows us how impactful a System of Care can be within our larger mental health system. We thank the team for its dedication and commitment to children’s mental health.”

The Hempstead Prevention Coalition was presented with the System of Care Award at the annual ‘What’s Great in our State 2022’ event on May 3rd. The celebration recognizes the individuals and programs that are successfully advancing the cause of children’s mental health in New York State.

"We at Family and Children’s Association are extremely proud of the work of the Hempstead Prevention Coalition and appreciative of this recognition,” said Jeffrey L. Reynolds, Ph.D,  President & CEOFamily and Children's Association (FCA). “Prior to, and throughout the pandemic, the Hempstead Prevention Coalition makes a difference by creating safe space for our community youth to engage and be seen. Our work supports a renewed sense of community and the development of young leaders in the Village of Hempstead that will better position our community for success for generations to come.”


What’s Great in Our State’

The ‘What’s Great in Our State’ event was first launched in 2010 and is held during Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, a national movement that raises awareness about the importance of children’s mental health. The event features a reading of Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement proclaiming the week as Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, a ceremony recognizing our honorees, and an art show featuring artwork created by children receiving services from New York State’s mental health system.


The event is sponsored by six New York State agencies and several children’s mental health advocacy organizations: The Office of Mental Health, the Council on Children and Families, the Department of Health, the State Education Department, the Office of Children and Family Services and the Office of Addiction Services and Supports, Early Care & Learning Council, Families Together in New York State, Inc., Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc., National Alliance on Mental Illness - New York State, New York State Network for Youth Success, Prevent Child Abuse New York, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Inc., and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York.


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