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State allocates $3.5M to expand community behavioral health clinics

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New York State announced the availability of nearly $3.5 million to establish 13 new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, tripling the current number. These clinics, serving approximately 63,000 New Yorkers annually, provide essential behavioral health services regardless of ability to pay.

The state will allocate $265,000 in first-year startup funding for five clinics on Long Island or New York City and eight in other regions. Administered by the state Office of Mental Health, Office of Addiction Services and Supports, and Department of Health, these clinics offer comprehensive services, including crisis intervention, outpatient mental health and substance use services, and support for veterans.

Governor Kathy Hochul’s $1 billion plan to enhance New York’s mental health care system aims to expand these clinics from 13 to 39 by July 2025. This initiative underscores the state’s commitment to providing accessible, high-quality behavioral healthcare for all residents.