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Hochul announces $50 million to expand inpatient mental health services

Hochul announces  million to expand inpatient mental health services

WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Governor Hochul has announced $50 million in funding to expand inpatient mental health services.

The funding looks to expand access to mental health treatment for children and adults across the state, allowing community based hospitals to add new inpatient capacity.

Administered by the State Office of Mental Health, this funding will provide awards of up to $5 million per facility 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 OMH.

Governor Hochul says this funding is a win for all New Yorkers.

“Don’t just say, ‘We took care of you for 24-48 hours. We’re done. You look okay. Good luck.’ That doesn’t work. That’s just inviting them back again, except next time there might not be a bed available, and they’ll just be out there on the streets,” said Hochul.

This expansion is part of Hochul’s 2024 State of the State initiatives, which ensure children and adults have access to adequate mental health support.