New York State has a large, multi-faceted mental health system that serves more than 500,000 individuals each year. The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) operates psychiatric centers across the State, and also regulates, certifies and oversees more than 2,500 programs, which are operated by local governments and nonprofit agencies. These programs include various inpatient and outpatient programs, emergency, community support, residential and family care programs.

The New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) helps people with disabilities live richer lives. People with developmental disabilities are at the heart of everything we do, and this person-first ethic is embodied in the way we express ourselves, and in the way we conduct our business.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services provides a range of resources to help parents with their child care needs, people who want to start or are currently running child care programs, and anyone with a concern about the health or safety of a child in a day care

The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services is one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems, making tremendous strides on behalf of the 2.5 million New Yorkers who are dealing with drug, alcohol or gambling addiction. Through the efforts of more than 1,550 programs across the state, OASAS reaches over 110,000 New Yorkers on any given day with a premier system of addiction services in prevention, treatment and recovery.

The mission of the State Education Department is to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives.

The Justice Center is committed to supporting and protecting the health, safety, and dignity of all people with special needs and disabilities through advocacy of their civil rights, prevention of mistreatment, and investigation of all allegations of abuse and neglect so that appropriate actions are taken.

The New York State Parent Education and Awareness Program is an initiative of Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye, who announced in her 2001 State of the Judiciary address her wish to institutionalize parent education and awareness programs in New York State, to improve the quality of court outcomes involving children in such situations.