New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
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Health Building 125 Worth Street.jpg
125 Worth Street in 2013
Department overview
Jurisdiction New York City
Headquarters 125 Worth Street
New York, NY
Department executive
  • Mary Bassett, Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene
Key document
2 Gotham Center in Long Island City, home to the DOHMH

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) is the department of the government of New York City[1] responsible for public health along with issuing birth certificates, dog licenses, and conducting restaurant inspection and enforcement. The New York City Board of Health is part of the department.[2][3] Its regulations are compiled in title 24 of the New York City Rules (the New York City Health Code). The current commissioner is Dr. Mary Bassett, MD.


The department was initially set up as the New York City Board of Health, which held its first meeting in 1805 to combat an outbreak of yellow fever.


  • New York City Board of Health
  • Commissioner of Health
    • General Counsel
    • Chief Medical Examiner
    • Executive Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer
      • Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene
        • Alcohol and Drug Treatment
        • Child and Adolescent Services
        • Mental Health
        • Developmental Disabilities
      • Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control
        • Communicable Diseases
        • HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control
        • Immunization
        • Public Health Laboratory
        • STI Prevention and Control
        • Tuberculosis Control
      • Deputy Commissioner for Environmental Health
        • Environmental Disease Prevention
        • Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Response
        • Environmental Sciences and Engineering
        • Environmental Surveillance and Policy
        • Food Safety and Community Sanitation
        • Poison Control Center
        • Veterinary and Pest Control
      • Deputy Commissioner for Epidemiology
        • Epidemiology Services
        • Vital Statistics
        • Public Health Training
        • World Trade Center Health Registry
      • Deputy Commissioner for Health Care Access and Improvement
        • Correctional Health Services
        • Primary Care Access and Planning
        • Primary Care Information Project
        • Information Technology Initiatives
      • Deputy Commissioner for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
        • Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control
        • District Public Health Offices
        • Maternal, Infant and Reproductive Health
        • School Health
      • Deputy Commissioner for Administration
      • Deputy Commissioner for Finance
      • Deputy Commissioner and Chief Information Officer
      • Deputy Commissioner for Emergency Preparedness and Response

Board of Health[edit]

The New York City Board of Health is part of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and consists of the commissioner of the department, the chairperson of the department's Mental Hygiene Advisory Board, and nine other members appointed by the mayor.[3]

Rats; complaints and inspections[edit]

Complaints about rats in New York City can be made online,[4] by filling out the New York City Rodent Complaint Form, or by dialing 311.[5]

The New York City guide Preventing Rats on Your Property discusses how the NYC Health Department inspects private and public properties for rats.[6] Property owners that fail inspections receive a Commissioner's Order and have five days to correct the problem.[6] If after five days the property fails a second inspection, the owner receives a Notice of Violation and possibly fines.[6] If the Health Department feels it must itself exterminate or clean up the property, the property owner is billed.[6]

In 2014, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer criticized the health department as “weak” in investigating and fixing residents’ rat complaints.[7] From fiscal year 2012 to fiscal year 2013, pest complaints, including rat problems, increased 10 percent in the city, and 24 percent of the time health department workers failed to inspect the complaints in the 10-day target period, an audit by the comptroller found.[7] In 160 cases, the health department failed to carry out any field inspection.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New York City Charter § 551(a); "There shall be a department of health and mental hygiene, the head of which shall be the commissioner of health and mental hygiene [...]"
  2. ^ New York City Charter § 553
  3. ^ a b New York Statewide Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce v New York City Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, 23 NY3d 681 (2014).
  4. ^ "Rodent Complaint". 
  5. ^ "Rats, Mice, and Other Pests". 
  6. ^ a b c d [1]
  7. ^ a b c "NYC’s rats are crawling with diseases: study - New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV". New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV. 

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