‘The continued expansion and funding of CCBHCs is not guaranteed, despite bipartisan support, and the pandemic will continue to fuel mental health and addiction crises.’
The city’s previous policy, which City Limits reported on last month, blocked adults approved for supportive housing—permanent apartments with on-site staff, typically reserved for people with mental illness—from even applying for the roughly 8,000 new rental subsidies.
Adults approved for supportive housing will be precluded from applying for the federal rent vouchers—which attorneys and advocates say cuts off a path to housing for thousands of shelter residents and functions as a proxy for mental health disability discrimination.
‘We need to have the audacity to be bold, because our students need us now more than ever. Normal wasn’t working, not just for marginalized communities, but for most.’
‘New York had a child mental health crisis long before COVID-19. It is imperative New York State and New York City make child mental health a priority, especially for the Black and brown children disproportionately devastated by the pandemic.’
The de Blasio administration has proposed an increase in spending for student mental health initiatives, but advocates and council members are pushing for more.
At the start of the pandemic, New York lifted restrictions on the use of telehealth for Medicaid recipients. The change has meant better access to mental health services for families involved in the state’s child welfare system, including youth in foster care, a new survey found.
Janos Marton’s plan would pump $50 million a year to community-based providers in hopes of keeping people with mental illness out of police cars, courthouse lockups and jail cells.
Barriers and cliffs have surfaced in a five-year pilot program for managed care of Medicaid mental-health spending.
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City Limits is teaming up with newsrooms around the country to survey the mental-health impacts New Yorkers have felt from climate disasters like Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Maria and more.