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Mental Health Update

March 6, 2023
Mental Health Update

Call Legislators Tomorrow for 8.5 Percent COLA

With only 25 days left  left in the NYS budget process, we are still fighting to make our elected officials understand the need to include the 8.5% Human Services cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in the final budget.

We need to make 1000 calls over the next 24 hours to the Leaders of the Assembly and Senate . We need you, your friends, family, colleagues and everyone to make the calls


Who to call?

518-455-4100 – Assembly switchboard- Ask to be transferred to the Speaker

518-455-2800 – Senate switchboard – Ask to be transferred to the President/Majority leader


What to do?

Once transferred, introduce yourself and state that you are calling to request support for 8.5 % human services COLA including  the Children’s Health Home Care Management program.







We have participated in rallies and meetings at the Capitol with our representatives, worked with advocacy groups from throughout the sector and throughout the state to raise our voices as one, held call-in and write-in campaigns, and spoken loudly and forcefully on social media to build support for our cause. We cannot and will not stop, and we continue to look for additional ways to be heard.


That’s why we have partnered with a group of nearly 30 organizations to place a billboard along I-787 in Albany near the Capitol demanding support for the 8.5% COLA. From now through the end of budget season, politicians (and just as importantly the staff who support them) will see this on their daily commute:



Please make two calls in the next 24 hours. The results translate to benefits for all of us.

Thank you



    William T. Gettman, Jr.

    Chief Executive Officer

Northern Rivers Family of Services
60 Academy Road | Albany, NY 12208


    518.579.3500 (Office)