New York State Receives $2 Million to Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services; Front-line Healthcare Workers a Focus

June 30, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce, For Employers, Health and Wellness

Last modified July 1, 2020

New York state was awarded $2 million to support mental health and substance use disorder services in regions hardest hit by COVID-19. The New York State Office of Mental Health and Office of Addiction Services and Supports will partner with New York City’s Coordinated Behavioral Healthcare and Coordinated Behavioral Health Services of the lower Hudson Valley region to improve access to services in NYC, Westchester, Orange, and Rockland counties, which account for 75% of COVID-19 cases. Populations with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder and front-line healthcare workers will be the primary focus of the initiatives.

Programs will target three areas: removing obstacles to care, managing behavioral health recovery and crisis in the community using a person-centered approach and improving transitions of care to shorten inpatient length of stay and stabilize those with serious conditions in community settings.

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