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Hochul announces $14M in funding for community-based mental health programs

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced the availability of more than $14 million in annual funds towards 14 new Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams across the state on Wednesday, March 2.

ACT is a community-based mental health program designed to treat serious mental illness that has not been successfully engaged by traditional mental health services.

A 48-slot ACT team will serve the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier regions in Livingston, Genesee, and Northern Steuben counties. The 14 teams in total for New York are estimated to serve 892 new clients once the programs are rolled out.

“A top priority for my administration is improving the State’s healthcare system and ensuring that every New Yorker is able to receive the services they need,” said Hochul, according to a press release. “The ACT teams we’re funding will help vulnerable individuals who are often difficult to reach and engage, and provide them with appropriate care and services. I am dedicated to helping every New Yorker get the care they deserve, while helping get people off the streets and into safer, healthier situations.”