The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened behavioral health needs for children, youth and parents, and exacerbated challenges that families experience in accessing services. For years, the City Council has funded community-based initiatives that offer developmentally appropriate services and behavioral health supports. Last year, many of these initiatives faced damaging cuts in the budget. In light of the growing needs faced in communities citywide, we need your help to make sure funding for these initiatives is restored and increased. These initiatives include:
Other critical mental health initiatives that serve families and young people include Mental Health Services for Vulnerable Populations; the LGBTQ Youth Mental Health initiative; and Developmental, Psychological, and Behavioral Health Services.
Please send a letter to urge Mayor de Blasio and City Council members to ensure more children have access to important community-based behavioral health supports.