February 25, 2022
By: Alice Bufkin
Alice Bufkin, CCC’s Associate Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy, testified on February 25, 2022 at the Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Oversight Hearing: The State of NYC’s Mental Health and Plans to Address the Mental Health Crisis.
The pandemic is having a long-term impact on the mental health of children and adolescents throughout New York. More than 7,000 children have lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19 statewide, and approximately 325,000 children were thrust into or near poverty.
Children throughout New York City and state have struggled to access adequate care behavioral health care for years, and behavioral health needs have only increased as a result of the pandemic. However, the city can do its part in reversing this behavioral health crisis by: