November 30, 2015

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NYC Mental Health Roadmap Unveiled

On Monday, November 23, 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio flanked by his wife, Chirlane McCray, children, Chiara and Dante, key members of the administration, elected officials and leadership of non-profit organizations, announced the rollout of the eagerly-awaited NYC Mental Health Roadmap, dubbed “ThriveNYC.”

Highlights include:

Mental health First Aid Training: The City will fund and facilitate the training of 250,000 New Yorkers, to better recognize the signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness and addiction and more effectively provide support.
  • Public awareness campaign: A city-wide public awareness campaign will attempt to reshape the conversation around mental health, promoting mental wellness and early intervention and educating New Yorkers about how to get services.
  • NYC Mental Health Corps: The city will hire 400 clinicians and recently graduated Masters and Doctoral-level clinicians to work in substance abuse programs, mental health clinics and primary care practices in high-need communities throughout the city. When fully staffed, this Corp can provide 400,000 additional hours of service.
  • Mayor’s Conference for Mental Health: In 2016, the City of New York will host the first Mayor’s Conference for Mental Health. The conference will bring cities together to share new ideas and promising initiatives and send a strong message that mental wellness must play a central role in ongoing policy development.
  • Mental Health in Schools: Building on the expansion of mental health services in Community Schools, the City will hire 100 School Mental Health Consultants who will work with every school citywide. This program is designed to provide staff and administrators with a means to connect students with immediate needs to care.

In the press release accompanying the announcement, Phillip Saperia, The Coalition’s CEO was quoted as saying, “Many congratulations to the City Administration, the Mayor and the First Lady for spotlighting the mental health and substance use services in the city. We agree that the children, families and adults who live with these disorders need assessment and help. ThriveNYC is a significant investment in giving major attention to the problems and the populations it is designed to address. The Roadmap to Mental Health for All is a momentous and valued supplement to the under-funded and very stretched array of community-based services currently supported by the State and City. The Coalition and its members in every neighborhood are eager to be supportive to our City leadership as the new initiative rolls out.”

Mayor de Blasio Announces Commitment to Build 15,000 Units of Supportive Housing

Hearing the appeals of the NY/NY 4 campaign of which The Coalition is an active member, on November 18, 2015, Mayor de Blasio announced a new plan to create 15,000 units of supportive housing over the next 15 years. The sweeping plan will target many more New Yorkers in need than previous plans, including homeless veterans, survivors of domestic violence and street homeless individuals.

The City’s 15,000 unit plan is comprised of roughly 7,500 newly-constructed, congregate units and 7,500 scattered site units. The plan will cost $2.6 billion in capital funds over the next 15 years to develop the 7,500 congregate units. Of the total capital costs, approximately $1 billion will be a City cost – and all but $380 million has already been budgeted through Housing New York. The remaining capital costs – approximately $1.6 billion – will be offset with low-income tax credits, and other private sources. There are also approximately $96 million in net operating costs over the Financial Plan (through Fiscal Year 2019) – starting at $8.8 million annually in the first year and ramping up.

Supportive housing has a proven track record of cost savings. A Department of Health and Mental Hygiene study showed that NY/NY3 clients who found supportive housing use fewer public benefits (e.g., Medicaid, psychiatric institutions, jail, and shelters), resulting in cost savings.

The Coalition is extremely pleased with this commitment and calls upon the Governor to similarly pledge funding for 15,000 units of supportive housing in NYC and 5,000 units throughout the rest of the state.

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