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NAMI-NYC Metro Gives New Yorkers the Most Comprehensive Mental Health Web Site in Effort to Help Transform Care
Date:2/19/2009

City-Based Site Pulls Together Extensive State/Local Resources and Makes Medical History Accessible

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A breakthrough Web solution for families, consumers and professionals concerned with mental illness and emotional wellness is now available to all New Yorkers. The New York City Network of Care for Behavioral Health (www.nycnetworkofcare.org) is an online clearinghouse that provides critical information, communications and advocacy through a single point of entry. It ensures there is "No Wrong Door" for those navigating the system of behavioral health services or those looking for more independent housing. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro) raised funds to develop the site for New York City through the annual NAMI Walk.

"The Network of Care web site promises to help transform mental health care in New York City," said Michael Hogan, New York State Commissioner of Mental Health. "Never before have so many state and local resources been pulled together, and the ability to house personal wellness plans online will mark a significant step forward in helping to improve quality of care. I greatly appreciate the leadership of NAMI-NYC Metro to bring the Network of Care to New York City."

NAMI-NYC Metro is the first not-for-profit group in the nation funding a Network of Care web site. The overall Network of Care project, developed by Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC, was begun with an innovation grant from the State of California. NAMI-NYC Metro worked extensively with Trilogy, city and state agencies and other mental health organizations to improve, update and adopt the Network of Care for New York City residents and to make it the most comprehensive mental health site for the city.

"NAMI-NYC has always offered New Yorkers support and guidance through our telephone helpline, and now everyone can have access to this information 24 hours a day on one web site," said Wendy Brennan, Executive Director of NAMI-NYC Metro. "Network of Care offers one comprehensive resource that can help people navigate New York City's complex mental health system. We often hear people say they feel lost in the system, and now Network of Care will help them take back some degree of control."

The Network of Care for Behavioral Health provides the most comprehensive directory of service providers in New York City, putting people in touch with the right services at the right time. The Network of Care also provides easy-to-search libraries of peer-reviewed articles and vital information about appropriate housing, insurance coverage, specific disorders, pending legislation and advocacy, as well as daily news articles from around the world concerning behavioral health, mental retardation and substance abuse.

"While there are many mental health resources for New York City residents, tracking down the right mental health care can be a challenge," said Dr. Adam Karpati, Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "We thank NAMI-NYC for providing New Yorkers with this important resource, which will help connect people to the services they need."

The site is available in fourteen languages to make it accessible to the diverse population of New York City. Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, California created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Behavioral Health.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City Metro, Inc. (NAMI-NYC Metro, www.naminycmetro.org) is a grassroots organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families and individuals of all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds who live with mental illness. As one of the largest affiliates of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI-NYC Metro works collaboratively with state and national affiliates and other stakeholders in the community to educate the public, advocate for legislation, reduce stigma and improve the mental health system.


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