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Mental health providers request increased support

Feb 07, 2020 1:45 pm
Bethany Bump is reporting for the Times Union human service organizations statewide urged state lawmakers this week to increase funding for their organizations, saying rising costs and a decade of decreased support has left their sector at a “breaking point.” More than 40 nonprofits that provide services to children and adults facing mental illness, addiction, developmental disabilities and other challenges have asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to commit to a 3 percent annual funding increase over the next five years. They argue the request is consistent with the 3 percent growth rate Cuomo says is reasonable for Medicaid and education. According to the governor’s most recent executive budget, mental hygiene agencies provide support to more than 1 million New Yorkers, including more than 800,000 people with mental illness, 234,000 people with a substance or gambling addiction, and 140,000 people with developmental disabilities. Read the full story in the Times Union.
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