Gaps still exist in mental health care for children
The state’s recent historic investments in mental health care are laudable. However, there remains a need for deeper, more targeted investments to serve children with the most significant behavioral health needs.
New York has led the nation in child welfare reform by dramatically reducing the use of out-of-home care in the last 30 years. The state’s support of preventive services has had a real impact on the lives of countless young people, helping them thrive with community-based services. Preventing out-of-home care and keeping kids in their homes and communities is preferable whenever possible, and is far more fiscally prudent.