The First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray has made mental health a priority for the de Blasio administration. She is creating a roadmap for a more inclusive mental health system in New York City that will bring together agencies, community partners, and mental health providers to develop a unified approach to mental health services. This week she spent two days touring “best-in-class” community mental health organizations. Fountain House was her first stop.
The First Lady was joined by Commissioner of The Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Loree Sutton who led a roundtable discussion about veteran’s mental health. City Council Member Corey Johnson and leaders from 13 veteran organizations including Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), Veterans Affairs, and Team RWB were a part of the event. Fountain House members Laveenya and Louis led the veteran organizations on a tour and attended the roundtable.
Before the meeting, the First Lady met with President Kenn Dudek, Director of Human Resource Jennifer Rivera, and Director of Housing Beth Stubenbord to discuss our model and role in solving the mental health crisis in New York City.
Betty Eastland took the First Lady, Commissioner Sutton and Corey Johnson on a tour of Fountain House with stops in Wellness, Horticulture, Communications and Education. The First Lady was impressed and remarked that she would love to come back with her daughter Chiara de Blasio.