February 19, 2009
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."