Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids State Response to COVID-19 and Children’s Behavioral Health Needs

Budget Analysis & Priorities

February 1, 2020

The long-term effects of COVID-19 on children in New York and across the country will be immense. Extensive research on adverse childhood experiences tells us that the kinds of trauma caused by COVID-19 – including economic and housing insecurity, heightened risk of child welfare involvement, disruptions in mental health care, and loss of loved ones – have long- lasting repercussions across the health and wellbeing of children as they become adults. We know that following this crisis, our City and our State will see an explosion of children in need of behavioral health supports to address the impacts of this pandemic.

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