June 28, 2023

On June 28, 2023, NYHealth hosted a webinar on strengthening the future of mental health in New York State. Guest speakers Kimberly A. Williams, President and CEO of Vibrant Emotional Health, and Pamela Mattel, President & CEO of Coordinated Behavioral Care, discussed the current state of mental health policies and programs and how we can capitalize on momentum to advance sustainable changes in mental health care in New York State.

A recent NYHealth data brief found that mental health recovery has stagnated for New Yorkers and has worsened for some populations in recent months. New Yorkers between the ages of 18 and 34, New Yorkers who have low incomes, and New Yorkers experiencing food insufficiency are all experiencing depression and/or anxiety at high levels.

In 2023, there has been significant—and unprecedented—support for mental health at the federal, State, and local levels. New York State alone has committed $1 billion to reduce the number of New Yorkers with unmet mental health needs. These investments have the potential to bring long-needed care to millions—and it is vitally important that they are rolled out in a way that is culturally competent and ensures high-quality care through cohesive mental health networks.

Watch the webinar recording and see all speaker slides.

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