Transforming New York State's Continuum of Mental Health Care

Transforming New York State's Continuum of Mental Health Care

New York State's FY 2024 Executive Budget includes a comprehensive $1 billion multi-year plan to transform the continuum of mental health care and drastically reduce the number of individuals with unmet mental health needs throughout the State.

Governor Hochul first outlined this multi-year plan during her 2023 State of the State Address. Her plan will to dramatically expand access to mental health care, reduce wait times, and ensure appropriate levels of care to correct our mental health care system, which has suffered from chronic underinvestment.

Mental Health Care Plan Highlights

New Residential Units
The plan includes $890 million in capital and $120 million in operating funding for 3,500 new residential units for New Yorkers struggling with mental illness.
Expand Outpatient Services
The plan includes $60 million in capital and $121.6 million operating funding to dramatically expand outpatient services.
Close Gaps in Insurance Coverage
The plan will close gaps in insurance coverage for behavioral health services and prohibit carriers from denying access to medically necessary, high-need, acute and crisis mental health services for both adults and children, including medications for substance use disorder.

Additional Highlights

By the Numbers

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$28 million

To triple the number of Critical Time Intervention care coordination teams who provide wraparound services for discharged patients.

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$30 million

To expand mental health services for school-aged children throughout the State and implement wraparound services training.

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$60 million

To support the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, an increase of $25 million from the previous budget.

Watch: Governor Hochul details her $1 billion multi-year plan

Investing in Mental Health

Governor Hochul highlights mental health initiatives.
Detailing the mental health plan
Detailing the mental health plan

Mental Health Resources

National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Dial 988

Help is available 24/7/365 through National and State resources including the NYS Office of Mental Health, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988 or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

My Mental Health Care Plan marks an historic shift in our approach towards addressing mental health challenges, reversing years of neglect to our system and bringing bold investments to ensure that every New Yorker has access to high-quality care."

Governor Hochul

Additional Resources

Read more about Governor Hochul's efforts to improve mental health care in New York State.