Transforming New York State's Continuum of Mental Health Care

Transforming New York State's Continuum of Mental Health Care

Governor Hochul's FY 2024 Executive Budget includes a comprehensive $1 billion multi-year plan to tansform 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 aims 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 Highlights

New Residential Units
The plan includes $890 million in capital and $120 million in operating funding to establish and operate 3,500 new residential units for New Yorkers with mental illness.
Expand Outpatient Services
The plan proposes an investment of $60 million in capital and $121.6 million operating funding to dramatically expand outpatient services.
Close Gaps in Insurance Coverage
Legislation 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


To provide wrap-around services for discharged patients


To expand mental health services in schools


To support the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

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

Investing in Mental Health

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.

From creating transitional and supportive housing to expanding our comprehensive network of outpatient services, this bold plan is aimed at providing the funding and resources needed to ensure everyone in our state can access high-quality mental health care."

Governor Hochul

FY 2024 Executive Budget

Find more details on Governor Hochul's FY 2024 Executive Budget.