In 1999 the New York State Youth Advisory Council to the Office of Mental Health (OMH) was formed to advise the Commissioner and the Bureau of Children and Families. Adult peers coordinated the council. Through our work at the state level we were able to work on the restraint and seclusion regulations, transition, suicide prevention work and give perspective on the way services were rolled out. YP! continues to do a lot of the work we started during the days of the OMH YAC.
In 2002 the OMH Youth Advisory Council sent a letter to Families Together in NYS requesting that they increase youth involvement.
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