On Monday, November 23rd, we were honored to attend the unveiling of Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray’s plan to reduce stigma and improve the mental health of New Yorkers. ThriveNYC: A Roadmap to Mental Health For All is a $850 million, four-year plan to address mental health challenges in New York City. The ambitious plan is a comprehensive strategy involving various City agencies that already provide some level of mental health services, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), the Department of Corrections (DOC), and the Department of Education (DOE).
Mental health is a family affair for the de Blasio family.
ThriveNYC is based on six guiding principles: Change the Culture; Act Early; Close Treatment Gaps; Partner with Communities; Use Data Better; Strengthen Governments Ability to Lead. We believe these principles will address a fractured mental health system and make New York City a model of care for the nation.
While it is still unclear the full extent to which ThriveNYC will impact Fountain House’s work and the lives of our members, of particular significance are its city-wide public awareness/anti-stigma campaign and its focus on increasing access to care.
The backbone of ThriveNYC’s awareness campaign will be a focus on challenging and eradicating the stigma around mental illness. The goal will be to change the conversation around mental health and help individuals and communities to take action.
In an effort to increase access to care and close the treatment gap, the plan creates “NYC Support,” a hub that will serve as a point of entry and referral source for mental health care to anyone experiencing a crisis. New Yorkers will be able to access NYC Support via phone, text or the web. In addition to crisis counseling, NYC Support will provide referrals, help schedule appointments with providers and follow-up to make sure those in need find appropriate care.
Fountain House is pleased to have contributed and partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York and First Lady Chirlane McCray to produce ThriveNYC. We look forward to supporting a coordinated city-wide effort to improve the lives of New Yorkers with mental illness.