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.
Fountain House has been supporting the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS)’s Legislative Day in Albany for over 18 years.
I have been attending since 2009 and still get revved up about this day because it gives me and my peers a chance to inform the politicians about issues that the mental health community faces. It’s also an opportunity to advocate for how important accredited Clubhouses are throughout the metropolitan area and across the country.