COVID-19 Updates

NYS Essential Connector Program

To help Essential Workers (including those in healthcare) commute to work while the NYC subway is closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on a daily basis (effective May 6), the MTA has established the Essential Connector Program. The program's website:


COVID-19 Resources

NYS Residents who are in need of emotional support during this trying time can contact New York State's Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314.

New York State Office of Mental Health Guidance Documents

OCR Lifts HIPAA Penalties for Telehealth Use During COVID-19

COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance for OMH Residential Programs





NYS Creates Volunteer Mental Health Hotline to Help with Coronavirus Crisis

Within the last few hours, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a state-wide hotline to provide free mental health services to individuals at home who may be experiencing stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor has called upon mental health professionals to volunteer to create a reserve of mental health professionals to provide telephone and/or telehealth counseling for individuals in need. NYSPA has contacted the Governor’s office and advised them it will be sending a communication to its members to encourage participation in this important initiative on behalf of New Yorkers in need.