OMH’s Hogan to Resign
Crain’s Health Pulse October 23, 2012
Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan is resigning “because of a planned transition that will soon be announced,” he said Monday in a posting on the Office of Mental Health website. He wrote that “working in the biggest, best (and most complicated!) state mental health agency in the country has been the pinnacle of a long career. Over the past five years, we have seen continuous challenges and made spectacular advances.”
Mr. Hogan recently said he wouldn’t be commissioner past early November, but that could depend on whether the Cuomo administration concludes negotiations with Mr. Hogan’s rumored successor: Dr. Grant Mitchell, commissioner of the Westchester County Department of Community Mental Health. Mr. Hogan’s final reflections are online here.
Mental Health Commissioner Says ‘Godspeed’
By Jessica Bakeman Gannett News Service October 22, 2012
The state Office of Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan will be stepping down from his post, the governor’s office confirmed Monday.
After a cabinet meeting earlier in the day, Hogan suggested to Gannett’s Albany Bureau that he was leaving, but said an announcement would come from Cuomo’s administration.
“They had a conversation in there about the aging infrastructure, so I’m sort of part of the aging infrastructure,” Hogan said. “I’ve had some conversations about that, but if anything like that were to happen, it would be the governor’s office who would make the announcement.”
The governor’s office later confirmed the news, but said the administration did not ask him to leave.
Hogan offered some parting words in his monthly mental health office newsletter.
“Because of a planned transition that will soon be announced, this will likely be my last OMH News message as Commissioner,” he wrote.
He left readers with this: “It has been a pleasure and privilege to work with you. OMH will continue to have exemplary leadership in the times ahead, with the strongest team of any state mental health agency. Good luck and godspeed.”
State Mental Health Commissioner Hogan Stepping Down
By Glenn Blain New York Daily News October 22, 2012
A Cuomo administration spokesman confirmed this afternoon that Mental Health Commissioner Michael Hogan is planning to retire.
Hogan’s departure seemed imminent after he posted what appeared to be a farewell message on the Office of Mental Health’s website.
“Because of a planned transition that will soon be announced, this will likely be my last OMH News message as Commissioner,” Hogan wrote in the monthly newsletter. “Working in the biggest, best (and most complicated!) state mental health agency in the country has been the pinnacle of a long career. Over the past five years, we have seen continuous challenges and made spectacular advances. I would like to reflect on several of these issues and the road that lies ahead.”
Hogan was first appointed by ex-Gov.Spitzer and confirmed by the Senate in March of 2007. He had previously served as Ohio’s director of Mental Health from 1991-2007.
A Cuomo administration source insisted that Hogan was not being forced out.
“This is not something we asked him to do,” the source said