More than $50 million is available to help community-based hospitals expand access to mental health treatment for children and adults, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday.

The funding will allow those facilities to add new inpatient capacity. It will provide awards of up to $5 million to cover design, property acquisition, and construction costs associated with this expansion. Eligible facilities include Article 28 licensed general hospitals and freestanding Article 31 psychiatric hospitals, which operate programs licensed or certified by and in good standing with the state Office of Mental Health.

It comes from the governor's $1 billion investment in mental health continuum care.

“For too long, the mental health crisis has been ignored or pushed aside -- but no longer," Hochul said. "Our $1 billion investment is transforming the mental health continuum of care, and our State of the State initiatives will make a real change in the lives of millions of kids.”

The state will also provide additional funding to Children’s Community Residences, which will also focus on youth with child welfare involvement.

Mental health was a pillar of Hochul's State of the State address earlier this week, in which she proposed expanding the number of available psychiatric beds in the state by 200, establishing school-based mental health clinics and expanding support and treatment programs.


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