Child Mental Health Advocates Respond to Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Budget FY’22


March 9, 2021

NEW YORK, NY — In response to Mayor de Blasio releasing his Executive Budget for FY 2022, Alice Bufkin, director of policy for child and adolescent health at the Citizens’ Committee for Children, released the following statement on behalf of the Campaign for Healthy Minds, Healthy Kids: “We thank Mayor de Blasio for the expansion of Restorative Justice for social and emotional learning at middle and high schools, and the expansion of Community Schools. These are important investments that will help ensure more children have access to the behavioral health supports and supportive environments they need in schools. Additionally, while the $120 million investment to strengthen non-profits will help fortify our nonprofit behavioral health sector, we believe significant additional investments are needed to counter the widespread and deep unmet behavioral health needs of children in New York. More targeted investments for children and families are needed, including those made directly to nonprofits serving the community and to fund a full continuum of services in schools. We urge the Administration to make clear how all investments made in behavioral health and substance use services will meet the needs of children and adolescents, including proposed investments in mental health crisis response and mobile treatment teams. We look forward to working with the Administration to reach more children and adolescents who still lack access to the behavioral health care they desperately need.”

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