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Hochul announces $20M for school-based mental health clinics

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Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a $20 million initiative to support the creation of school-based mental health clinics across the state, addressing the rising concern of teen suicide and mental health challenges. This funding, aimed at assisting school districts in establishing these clinics, comes in response to a troubling increase in suicide contemplation among teens, with one in four considering suicide, a rate that has doubled in the past decade.

Starting Tuesday, schools in need can apply for start-up funds, receiving either $45,000 or $25,000 based on their needs, with the aim for these programs to eventually become self-sufficient. Governor Hochul emphasized the lasting impact of investing in young people’s mental health, advocating for early intervention to equip them with coping skills for a healthier life.

In addition to this initiative, Hochul and the New York State Office of Mental Health are dedicating $15 million to increase rates for Medicaid providers, enhancing access to mental health support for lower-income New Yorkers and motivating more individuals to pursue careers in mental health. This comprehensive approach seeks to address mental health challenges among youth and expand support for all New Yorkers needing mental health services.