New York State is investing $50 million in expanded inpatient mental health services with funding geared toward community-based hospitals, according to a news release from Governor Kathy Hochul.
The $50 million commitment is part of Governor Hochul's $ 1 billion initiative to transform mental health care and will allow the hospitals to add or expand inpatient care. The announcement comes after the governor proposed school-based mental health clinics for every school that wants one as part of her 2024 State of the State address.
“For too long, the mental health crisis has been ignored or pushed aside -- but no longer," Governor Hochul said via the press release. "Our $1 billion investment is transforming the mental health continuum of care, and our State of the State initiatives will make a real change in the lives of millions of kids.”
The funding, overseen by the state's Office of Mental Health, will provide awards of up to $5 million to cover design, property acquisition, and construction costs associated with this expansion, the release states.