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State expanding mental health services for kids by making certification change

Parents searching for mental health help for kids have run into a long-standing problem in New York.

There’s a serious lack of it available.

The coronavirus pandemic made the statewide shortage of mental health experts worse.

Now though, a bill included in the most-recent state budget will modernize the education of mental health providers.

It will allow them to continue diagnosing and treating mental health illnesses by expanding the scope of their practices.

Due to the shortage of providers during the pandemic, New York State allowed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psychoanalysts to diagnose and treat patients for a larger list of items.

The pandemic-era regulations were set to end this month, if not for the measure included in the state budget.

The bill is awaiting Governor Kathy Hochul’s signature.