Budget Recommendations to Address the Children’s Behavioral Health Crisis in NYS

Testimony & Public Comments

February 10, 2023

On February 10th, Associate Executive Director For Policy and Advocacy Alice Bufkin submitted testimony to the Senate Finance, Assembly Ways and Means, Senate and Assembly Mental Health, and Senate and Assembly Disabilities Committee Joint Hearing on Mental Hygiene in the Executive Budget. This testimony underscores the urgent behavioral health crisis facing New York’s children and families. Recommendations include investing half of proposed behavioral health funding for services for children and families, addressing the behavioral health workforce crisis, supporting youth and family peers, and addressing the discriminatory practices of commercial insurers.

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