Original Article written for Crain's Health Pulse
Due to uncertain federal or state relief, alongside billions of dollars in revenue losses as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, behavioral health advocates across New York are fighting for funding to prevent the collapse of community-based behavioral health services. Advocates say that the behavioral heath system is on the brink of insolvency, and given the looming mental health crisis due to Covid-19 and economic hardships, adequate funding is especially important. "We encourage consideration of whatever revenue actions are necessary to protect children who need behavioral health services so they and their families can meet basic needs and access supports and treatment and live their best lives," said Andrea Smyth, executive director of the New York State Coalition for Children's Behavioral Health, in a statement.
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