Through the leadership of the Association for Community Living, Bring It
Home advocates rallied yesterday in support of funding for community based
mental health housing. Though the Assembly and Senate held a mental hygiene
budget meeting today, there was no announcement of how the 35 million
dollars will be allocated in the budget. Advocates are hoping that there
will be an increase beyond the ten million proposed by the Executive and
the additional five million proposed to be added by the Senate. Listed
below are a few articles about the rally

Crain’s: Health Pulse (3/22/18)

“SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: Advocates who say the state has been underfunding
supportive housing for people with mental illnesses delivered more than
25,000 letters to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan
and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie Wednesday asking for more money in the
budget.”

Politico: New York Health Care Digest (3/22/18)

“MENTAL HEALTH HOUSING — Supportive housing advocates presented nearly
25,000 letters at the Capitol on Wednesday urging legislative leaders to
include funding for 40,000 mental health housing units as part of ongoing
budget negotiations. “Without these units, people will recycle into much
more expensive settings like hospitals, shelters [and] prisons,” said Toni
Lasicki, executive director of the Association for Community Living. “It’s
bad for them, it’s bad for the taxpayer and there really is a moral
imperative for the state of New York to maintain the system of housing for
people with psychiatric disabilities that they have built since the 1970s.”
The governor’s budget proposes an additional $10 million for these
services, and the Senate proposed $5 million on top of that, but advocates
say much more is needed.”

Glenn Liebman, CEO