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Hochul announces $50M for mental health services in NY schools

Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a $50 million initiative to expand mental health services for children and adults across the state. This funding is part of a broader $1 billion plan aimed at transforming the mental health care system in New York.

Key to this initiative is the development of school-based mental health clinics in every New York school that desires one. These clinics are designed to provide essential support to students, addressing a growing concern over youth mental health.

The funding, administered by the state Office of Mental Health, will support community-based hospitals in increasing their inpatient capacity for mental health treatment. Hospitals eligible for up to $5 million in funding include those licensed under Article 28 and freestanding psychiatric hospitals under Article 31.

This move comes as part of Governor Hochul’s 2024 State of the State proposals, which focus heavily on strengthening mental health care for young people. The proposals include additional funding for Children’s Community Residences and the development of Youth Assertive Community Treatment teams, among other initiatives.

Governor Hochul emphasizes that this investment is a significant step in addressing the long-overlooked mental health crisis, particularly among the youth. The plan not only seeks to improve access to care but also aims at integrating treatment into community and school settings, making it less stigmatizing and more effective.