New York commits $3.3M to community mental healthcare

New York's Office of Mental Health allocated $3.3 million to increase access to mental healthcare statewide. 

The federal money will be used to expand suicide prevention initiatives, family and youth peer support services and non-Medicaid managed care programs, according to a Nov. 18 news release from Gov. Kathy Hochul. The funding will also be used to create service coordination teams, expand treatment for patients with a co-occurring mental illness and developmental disorder.

"People with disabilities may often encounter challenges when seeking out effective and accessible mental healthcare, but with increased training that allows clinicians to partner closely with patients and family members, it brings specialized, effective treatment options to those who need it," Maurie McInnis, PhD, president of Stony Brook (N.Y.) University, said in the release.

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