Mayor, City Council Negotiate Priorities for Mental Health Care Workforce Funding

Mental health plans (photo: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

The New York City Council is seeking greater investment in the behavioral health workforce as leaders at all levels of government grapple with the longstanding crisis of untreated severe mental illness.

The Council and Mayor Eric Adams are negotiating the mayor’s $106.7 billion executive budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. On the table is tens of millions of dollars to help boost staffing levels for a range of needed services – some new and some depleted by the pandemic — both in and out of city government.

The Council, led by Speaker Adrienne Adams, is seeking to double the $60 million cost of living increase for human services workers included in the current city budget, along with greater funding for nonprofit providers, a social work fellowship at CUNY, and other priorities.

Industry-wide staffing shortages caused by burnout and

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