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$102M initiative to enhance mental healthcare in New York unveiled

Governor Kathy Hochul unveiled a $102 million initiative aimed at enhancing care for New Yorkers with serious mental illnesses. This effort is part of a broader $1 billion strategy to overhaul the state’s mental health care system. The plan allocates over $92 million to establish 26 Critical Time Intervention (CTI) teams to support individuals transitioning from mental health care facilities. Additionally, $10 million will be directed towards expanding the ‘Safe Options Support’ (SOS) program, which has successfully transitioned nearly 390 long-term homeless individuals into stable housing.

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The CTI teams will provide essential care coordination and support for adults with complex mental health conditions, particularly those at risk of housing instability. This initiative will also see the creation of two new SOS teams in New York City focused on assisting young adults facing homelessness, aiming to secure permanent housing solutions for them. These measures reflect New York’s comprehensive approach to addressing the mental health crisis by expanding successful programs and introducing new evidence-based initiatives.

Governor Hochul emphasized the state’s commitment to deploying every available resource to combat the mental health crisis. The investments are designed to strengthen the entire mental health care continuum, from emergency services to stable housing, demonstrating New York’s leadership in transforming mental health care accessibility and quality for its residents.