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Governor Hochul Announces More Than $39 Million Awarded to Develop Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Programs

June 12, 2024

Governor Hochul announced that a total of $39.1 million in state funding was awarded to nine community-based hospitals to develop new comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs. Once established, the programs will increase the statewide total to 31 and provide needed capacity to serve thousands of additional individuals who experience a behavioral health crisis.

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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of 40-Unit Mixed-Use Affordable Housing Development in Franklin County

June 6, 2024

Governor Hochul announced completion of Harison Place, an affordable and supportive housing development with 40 apartments and commercial space that replaces a row of blighted buildings in the heart of downtown Malone in Franklin County.

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New York State Suicide Prevention Task Force Conducts Inaugural Meeting

May 31, 2024

The Office of Mental Health today announced the Suicide Prevention Task Force has reconvened with 32 members participating in its inaugural meeting this month. Overseen by the agency, the reconvened Task Force is aimed at building upon the recommendation made by its predecessor to strengthen public health approaches, enhance health system competencies, improve data surveillance methods, and infuse cultural competency in the state’s suicide prevention strategy.

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Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Hosts Roundtable with Parents to Discuss Efforts to Combat Youth Mental Health Crisis and Harmful Effects of Social Media

May 31, 2024

Governor Hochul: “This is my top priority at the end of session, just a few days left... If we, as the elected adults and the adults who care deeply about them from all across New York, if we don't listen to their cries for help and see the damning data, then we have failed in one of our most important, what I would say instinctive responsibilities, our duties, which is to keep our children safe.”

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Governor Hochul Hosts Roundtable With Parents to Discuss Efforts to Combat Youth Mental Health Crisis and Harmful Effects of Social Media

May 31, 2024

Governor Hochul met virtually with parents from advocacy organizations across New York State to discuss her ongoing efforts to combat the youth mental health crisis. The Governor highlighted her push for nation-leading legislation addressing online safety and the harmful impacts of social media in the final days of the 2024 State Legislative Session.

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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of 128-Unit Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in Syracuse

May 30, 2024

Governor Hochul announced the historic Moyer Carriage and Car Factory in the city of Syracuse has been transformed into a 128-unit, mixed-use, affordable and supportive housing development. This newly completed development adds to the region’s supply of housing at a critical time for Central New York’s growing economy, which is highlighted by the $100 billion in investment in semiconductor manufacturing over the next 20 years.

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Governor Hochul Meets With Advocates to Highlight Mental Health Resources for Young People and Efforts to Address Harmful Impacts of Social Media

May 28, 2024

Governor Hochul met with advocates from the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) to highlight her ongoing investments in mental health resources for young New Yorkers, including expanded access to innovative youth and teen Mental Health First Aid training programs. The Governor reiterated her commitment to enacting nation-leading legislation addressing online safety and the harmful impacts of social media in the final weeks of the 2024 State Legislative Session.

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B-Roll, Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Meets With Advocates to Highlight Mental Health Resources for Young People and Efforts to Address Harmful Impacts of Social Media

May 28, 2024

Governor Hochul: “If we can't stand up and help our children get out of a crisis, then we have failed them. And I, as the Governor of the State of New York, don't accept failure as an option. So, this is the urgency that I'm bringing to this cause.”

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ICYMI: Governor Hochul’s Op-Ed in the New York Post: Pass Laws to Save NY Kids from Epidemic of Social-Media Despair

May 27, 2024

The New York Post published an op-ed by Governor Kathy Hochul highlighting her push to pass bills to combat addictive social media feeds and protect kids online before the end of the legislative session on June 6. Text of the op-ed is available below and can be viewed online here.

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Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Meets with High School Students to Discuss Mental Health and Efforts to Address Harmful Impacts of Social Media

May 24, 2024

Governor Hochul: “We talked about how some of the students have the discipline to set social media aside during the school day. Others, there's just a pull that's constantly there. And it's something that we've been talking about — this epidemic of suffering — throughout this particular age group and younger, and especially girls.”

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Governor Hochul Meets With High School Students to Discuss Mental Health and Efforts to Address Harmful Impacts of Social Media

May 24, 2024

Governor Hochul hosted a roundtable with students from Williamsville East High School in Erie County to discuss the youth mental health crisis and the challenges posed by unhealthy and excessive social media use. The Governor reiterated her commitment to enacting nation-leading legislation addressing online safety and the harmful impacts of social media in the final weeks of the 2024 State Legislative Session.

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Governor Hochul Announces $30 Million to Expand Inpatient Psychiatric Capacity Statewide

May 23, 2024

Governor Hochul announced that a total of $30 million in state funding was awarded to nine community-based hospitals to add 109 new inpatient psychiatric beds statewide. Administered by the State Office of Mental Health, these awards can be used to cover design, property acquisition, and construction costs associated with adding new inpatient beds, which is among the priorities included in Governor Hochul's landmark $1 billion plan to strengthen New York’s mental health system.

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Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Continues Tackling Youth Mental Health Crisis With Nation-leading Efforts to Protect and Support Young People

May 22, 2024

Governor Hochul: “None of us needed a poll to tell us that New Yorkers expect us to take action to protect the youngest from these addictive algorithms. Every generation has its own challenges... We're going to take action to protect today's young people from the defining problem of our time, and that is the mental health challenges that they're experiencing.”

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Governor Hochul Continues Tackling Youth Mental Health Crisis with Nation-Leading Efforts to Protect and Support Young People

May 22, 2024

Governor Hochul reinforced her commitment to protecting the mental health of kids and teenagers by making it a top priority to enact nation-leading legislation addressing online safety and the harmful impacts of social media in the final weeks of the 2024 State Legislative Session. The Governor also highlighted significant progress in bringing mental health care and resources directly to more young people in their homes, schools and communities statewide.

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New York State Announces $2.7 Million Available to Develop New Flexible Assertive Community Treatment Teams

May 17, 2024

New York State announced up to $2.7 million is available to develop Flexible Assertive Community Treatment teams to serve New Yorkers living with serious mental illness, but who are disengaged from the traditional system of care. Administered by the state Office of Mental Health, the funding will help establish 37 multidisciplinary teams, which will have the flexibility to provide critical outpatient mental health services based on the evolving needs of the individuals enrolled for treatment.

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Governor Hochul Announces Progress in Effort to Rehouse Individuals Living on New York City’s Streets and Subway System

May 16, 2024

Governor Hochul announced progress in the ongoing efforts to assist individuals experiencing chronic homelessness on the streets and in the subways of New York City into stable housing. The Safe Options Support initiative has successfully helped more than 450 of these New Yorkers – many of them living with mental illness – into permanent or specialized housing designed to help stabilize their lives.

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New York State Announces Nearly $3.5 Million Available to Add 13 New Community Behavioral Health Clinics

May 16, 2024

New York State announced the availability of nearly $3.5 million to cover start-up costs for 13 new Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, which will triple the number operating in the state and greatly expand the areas providing person-centered and trauma-informed care for individuals experiencing behavioral health issues.

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Governor Hochul Announces State Resources Available for the Buffalo Community in Response to Horrific Shooting at Tops Supermarket

May 15, 2024

Governor Hochul announced resources to support the Buffalo community in response to the horrific shooting at Tops Supermarket, including additional state investments, rides to local grocery stores, and funding to cover funeral expenses for victims.

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Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on 164-Unit Affordable and Supportive Housing Development in Downtown Rochester

May 6, 2024

Governor Hochul announced construction has begun on Center City Courtyard in downtown Rochester, an affordable housing development featuring 164 apartments, including 95 units for individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness who will have access to on-site supportive services.

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New York State Announces $1 Million Awarded to Connect Transgender Youth with Mental Health Supports

May 1, 2024

The Office of Mental Health today announced that $1 million was conditionally awarded to three service providers to fund suicide prevention efforts among youth and young adults identifying as transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary and help those questioning or struggling with gender identity.

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Governor Hochul Proclaims May ‘Mental Health Awareness Month’ Throughout New York State

May 1, 2024

Governor Hochul recognized May as Mental Health Awareness Month throughout New York State, issuing a proclamation, and directing that 15 state buildings and landmarks be illuminated in green at dusk this evening to raise awareness around mental and behavioral health care. The lighting highlights the Governor’s landmark $1 billion mental health plan, which adds capacity system-wide, expands existing programs with a record of success, funds new evidence-based initiatives and increases direct engagement at every stage of service over multiple years.

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New York State Announces Daniel’s Law Task Force Listening Session in Rochester

April 30, 2024

OMH announced that the Daniel’s Law Task Force will host its next stakeholder listening session to continue gathering feedback from the public. Registration is open for the latest stakeholder listening session at the Kate Gleason Auditorium in the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, which will also be streamed live.

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Governor Hochul Announces Mental Health Investments to Engage New Yorkers Involved With the Criminal Justice System

April 24, 2024

Governor Hochul announced an investment of more than $33 million in the State’s FY 2025 Enacted Budget to expand mental health services for individuals who are living with mental illness and involved in the criminal justice system. During a visit to the Midtown Community Justice Center in Manhattan, the Governor discussed how this funding will help ensure those individuals with a history of mental health treatment, lack of engagement in treatment, or other mental health concerns can connect with necessary services and supports, and experience better outcomes.

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Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Makes a Mental Health and Public Safety Budget Announcement

April 24, 2024

Governor Hochul: “New Yorkers are compassionate. They see fellow New Yorkers, fellow human beings, in the throes of their own crisis. They are suffering… and we don't want to see people locked up as the solution. That is not what's going to stop what is happening out there on the streets. So, we want them to get the help they need, get the stability, get the path toward a healthy life. And I'm really proud to say that we have a whole range of holistic investments as a result of our Budget.”

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Governor Hochul Announces Key Mental Health Investments for All New Yorkers as Part of FY 2025 Budget Agreement

April 22, 2024

Governor Hochul announced key mental health investments for New Yorkers as part of the FY 2025 Budget. Building on the investments from her $1 billion multi-year plan to strengthen the state’s continuum of mental health care, the FY 2025 Budget adds capacity system-wide, expands existing programs with a record of success, funds new evidence-based initiatives, and increases direct engagement at every stage of service.

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Governor Hochul Announces Historic Investments of FY 2025 New York State Budget

April 22, 2024

Governor Hochul announced the historic investments included in the FY 2025 Enacted Budget which was passed by the Legislature this weekend. The $237 billion budget makes record investments in the people of New York without raising income taxes. It includes hundreds of new initiatives that will help fight crime, fix our mental health system, and build more housing so people can afford to live and thrive in New York.

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Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction on 56-Unit Senior Housing Development in White Plains

April 12, 2024

Governor Hochul announced that construction has begun on a $40 million affordable housing development for seniors in the city of White Plains. Mt. Hope Plaza will feature 56 affordable apartments, including 20 for individuals in need of supportive services. The development is located on an underutilized property formerly owned by the Mt. Hope A.M.E Zion Church, which agreed to make the land available for affordable housing.

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Governor Hochul Announces Inaugural Mental Health Needs Assessment for First Responders

April 4, 2024

Governor Hochul announced the launch of New York’s inaugural first responder mental health needs assessment to better understand the mental health-related challenges facing the public safety community and strengthen programs and services for these professionals. Stemming from a partnership between the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and SUNY New Paltz’s Institute for Disaster Mental Health and Benjamin Center, the assessment will include results from a voluntary anonymous survey and input from a series of focus groups for first responders.

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Governor Hochul Announces $4 Million to Enhance Services for Individuals With Complex Mental Health Care Needs Statewide

April 4, 2024

Governor Hochul announced that nearly $4 million has been awarded to 77 community-based providers to establish, enhance, or expand access to specialized treatment for New Yorkers with complex mental health care needs. Administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the awards are part of the Governor’s $1 billion plan to strengthen the state’s mental health care system by adding capacity system-wide, expanding existing programs with a record of success, funding new evidence-based initiatives, and increasing direct engagement at every stage of service.

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New York State Announces April 16 Daniel’s Law Task Force Virtual Listening Session

April 2, 2024

OMH announced that the Daniel’s Law Task Force will host a virtual listening session on April 16 from 3pm to 5pm to gather additional feedback from the public. The session will be live-streamed and registered attendees will be able to make public comments. Registration is open on the Office of Mental Health website and only required for those interested in making remarks.

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New York State Announces Up to $100,000 Available for Stigma Reduction Projects

April 1, 2024

OMH announced that up to $100,000 is available to fund projects aimed at reducing the stigma often associated with mental illness. Funded through voluntary contributions made by taxpayers when filing their returns, the Mental Illness Anti-Stigma Fund tax check-off program provides $20,000 in one-time grants for anti-stigma initiatives.

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Governor Hochul Announces $30 Million to Expand Residential Treatment Facilities for Children and Adolescents With Complex Mental Health Needs

March 28, 2024

Governor Hochul announced that $30 million will be made available to develop three new residential treatment facilities for children and adolescents that require on-site care. Administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the capital funding will help construct the new facilities in New York City, on Long Island, and throughout the Hudson River regions and provide added capacity for youth statewide.

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Governor Hochul Launches $102 Million Effort to Expand Care and Treatment for New Yorkers with Serious Mental Illness

March 21, 2024

Governor Hochul launched a $102 million effort to broaden wraparound care for individuals with serious mental illness. Governor Hochul announced more than $92 million will be deployed to develop 26 Critical Time Intervention teams, which provide continued support and care coordination for individuals living with mental illness. In addition, Governor Hochul also announced that up to $10 million will be deployed to develop additional ‘Safe Options Support’ teams that focus on youth and young adults; the Safe Options Support initiative has already helped nearly 390 long-term homeless individuals move from the streets into stable housing. This new funding is part of Governor Hochul's nation-leading $1 billion plan to transform the mental health continuum of care.

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Governor Hochul Expands Services for Individuals with Complex Mental Health Needs in Monroe County

March 20, 2024

Governor Hochul announced that $4 million was awarded to establish a new Intensive and Sustained Engagement team to serve individuals with complex mental health needs in the city of Rochester and Monroe County. Administered by the state Office of Mental Health, the state funding will establish New York’s fourth peer-led team to provide intensive support services for individuals with complex needs, but who have difficulty connecting with traditional forms of mental health care.

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Governor Hochul Announces Completion of 245-Unit Affordable Mixed-use Housing Development in the Bronx

March 19, 2024

Governor Hochul announced the completion of River Avenue, a 245-unit affordable and supportive housing development in the Concourse section of the Bronx. The transit-oriented development includes over 20,000 square feet of commercial space and offers on-site supportive services for families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

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New York State Announces Virtual Meeting of Daniel’s Law Task Force

March 15, 2024

The Office of Mental Health announced that the Daniel’s Law Task Force will host its next member meeting virtually from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22. The meeting will be streamed live online and will include a period for members of the public to provide feedback to the task force.

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Governor Hochul Launches Expansion of School-Based Mental Health Clinics to Combat Youth Mental Health Crisis

February 27, 2024

Governor Hochul announced steps to combat the youth mental health crisis, following a convening of students, faculty and mental health professionals at Mohonasen Central School District. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 1 in 4 teens have considered suicide, a significant increase from a decade ago, and for teenage girls, that number rises to 1 in 3. In response to this crisis, the Governor’s actions announced today will expand mental health support for children across the state, protect them from harmful social media features, and ensure their voice is heard. 

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B-Roll, Video, Audio, Photos & Rush Transcript: Governor Hochul Launches Expansion of School-Based Mental Health Clinics to Combat Youth Mental Health Crisis

February 27, 2024

Governor Hochul: “We're announcing that the applications can start today. You don't have to wait till the RFPs go out. It's not once a year. It is a rolling application because to me there is an urgent need to get more schools involved in this. We have over $20 million in our budget to fund this, and I want to add more and more across the State of New York.” 

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Governor Hochul Announces $34 Million “Safe Options Support” Initiative Expands to Long Island, Westchester, and Upstate After Successfully Helping 330 Long-Term Homeless New Yorkers Get Off the Streets and Into Stable Housing

February 21, 2024

Governor Hochul announced the statewide expansion of a program that has successfully rehoused hundreds of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in New York City, including many who struggle with severe mental illness, after successfully helping 330 long-term homeless New Yorkers get into stable housing. Administered by the Office of Mental Health, the Safe Options Support program has expanded to serve the Finger Lakes, Capital Region, Southern Tier, Hudson Valley, Erie County, Westchester County and Long Island to provide support and help find permanent housing for individuals experiencing homelessness on the streets.

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Chancellor King Announces Application Opening for the SUNY/Office of Mental Health Scholarship Program

February 21, 2024

State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. announced the application opening for the SUNY/Office of Mental Health Scholarship Program. Established in August 2022 by Governor Kathy Hochul with a $4 million federal investment, the program provides scholarships, paid internships, fee waivers for graduate school applicants, and more to support students in mental health degree programs.

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On Valentines Day, Governor Hochul and Dr. Ruth Westheimer Announce Tips to Help New Yorkers Connect and Address Loneliness

February 14, 2024

Governor Hochul highlighted resources available through State government to improve mental health and combat loneliness, as New Yorkers gather to celebrate Valentine's Day. Developed in partnership with Dr. Ruth Westheimer, renowned intimacy therapist and New York's honorary ‘Ambassador to Loneliness’, these resources offer simple measures New Yorkers can take in their lives – from reaching out to friends to volunteering in their community – to help them and their loved ones avoid and address feelings of loneliness, and to prevent social isolation.

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Governor Hochul Expands Access to Mental Health Care to 200,000 SUNY Students

February 14, 2024

Governor Hochul announced State University of New York campuses are investing nearly $10 million in annual State funding to increase their mental health services and support for students, faculty, and staff. This investment will expand services at 28 campuses, support more than 200,000 students, and build on its Statewide Tele-Psychiatry Network (STPN) and new tele-counseling option for community colleges.

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Governor Hochul Announces $30 Million Awarded for Supportive Housing

February 2, 2024

Governor Hochul announced $30 million in supportive housing funding to serve older adults, survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, veterans and chronically homeless families, and individuals with a mental illness or substance use disorder. Administered by the State Office of Mental Health, the eighth round of funding through the Empire State Supportive Housing Initiative resulted in 122 awards, which will provide conditional funding for services and operating expenses for up to 4,839 units of supportive housing.

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Governor Hochul Awards $100 Million to 50 School Districts to Support Efforts to Combat Pandemic Learning Loss and Expand Access to Mental Health Care

January 31, 2024

Governor Hochul awarded $100 million for 50 school districts and BOCES to address pandemic learning loss and provide students with mental health support. The funding will expand student access to evidence-based interventions to combat learning loss and also help staff and students identify and respond to mental health concerns. Today’s announcement builds on Governor Hochul’s priority to expand mental health support for students.

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New York State Announces Training Center for Behavioral Health Providers Serving Children and Families

January 11, 2024

OMH announced a new training center dedicated helping behavioral healthcare providers implement evidence-based practices free of charge so they can offer improved services to children and their families. Supported with a $4.3 million investment of state funding, the Center for Workforce Excellence will bring evidence-based behavioral health training and technical assistance to eligible community-based organizations serving youth and families, which will help reduce disparities for people served by smaller providers, such as in rural areas.

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Governor Hochul Announces $50 Million to Expand Inpatient Mental Health Services for Children and Adults

January 11, 2024

Governor Hochul announced the availability of $50 million to help community-based hospitals expand access to mental health treatment for children and adults across New York State. This funding, part of Governor Hochul's $1 billion investment to transform the mental health continuum of care, will allow these facilities to add new inpatient capacity.

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Governor Hochul Announces Initiatives to Help Members of Every Community Grow and Thrive in New York

January 9, 2024

Governor Hochul announced a series of actions to help New Yorkers from every community grow and thrive as part of her 2024 State of the State address. These actions include expanding support for New Yorkers with disabilities through increasing integration, employment and independent living opportunities; making new commitments to support indigenous nations; taking action to strengthen data privacy for abortion providers and strengthening services for LGBTQ+ and TGNCNB New Yorkers; and expanding support for and recognition of New York State's veterans.

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Governor Hochul Unveils New Initiatives to Support Children and Families Across New York

January 9, 2024

Governor Hochul unveiled new initiatives to support children and families across New York as a part of her 2024 State of the State address. The Governor’s proposal will expand access to high quality health care for New York’s children and ensure that no child in need misses out on critical health care services.

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Governor Hochul Takes on Youth Mental Health Crisis with Expanded Efforts to Protect the Mental Health of Kids & Teenagers

January 9, 2024

Governor Hochul announced expanded efforts to protect the mental health of kids and teenagers as part of her 2024 State of the State address. The measures include establishing a school-based mental health clinic in any school that wants one; passing new legislation to protect kids online; convening youth mental health advisory boards; and expanding loan repayment programs for children’s mental health practitioners.

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Governor Hochul Announces Plan to Address Public Safety Challenges Associated with Serious Mental Illness

January 9, 2024

Governor Hochul announced a plan to address the public safety challenges associated with serious mental illness as a part of her 2024 State of the State address. The Governor’s proposal will provide a new, significant expansion of psychiatric beds and services for individuals with acute needs.

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Governor Hochul Announces Initiatives to Transform and Strengthen Health Care Throughout New York State

January 9, 2024

As part of a comprehensive approach to improving the health and well-being of New Yorkers, Governor Hochul announced initiatives to stabilize and transform the health care delivery system, expand access to affordable insurance, enhance primary and preventive health care, and protect New Yorkers against ballooning medical debt.

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New York State Announces Daniel’s Law Task Force Listening Session

January 4, 2024

OMH announced that the Daniel’s Law Task Force will host the next in a series of stakeholder listening sessions aimed at gathering feedback from the public. Registration is now open for the second stakeholder listening session at the at the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s Charles B. Wang Conference Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, and also streamed live.