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Mental Health Update

February 25, 2019
Mental Health Update

MH Update – 2/25/19 – NYAPRS Rally: Tomorrow: 1 pm Capital Mental Health March for Housing, Workforce, Solitary Confinement Ban

There is so much strong advocacy going on today in the behavioral health community. Advocates are speaking out on so many different issues of concerns to New Yorkers with mental health issues as well as their families. There are few things stronger than seeing over six hundred people coming to Albany to rally in support of a COLA, Housing Rates, Banning Solitary Confinement and many other issues. Congratulations to our friends at NYAPRS for putting together such a powerful program tomorrow. Also, we are so pleased that NYAPRS is honoring MHANYS Government Affairs Chair, Sylvia Lask who has spent her career as a volunteer, tirelessly fighting for the needs of peers and their families.


Mental Health Advocates Rally at NYS Capital to Address 

Housing and Workforce Crises, Criminal Justice Reforms 

10am to Noon Program at the Egg’s Hart Auditorium Features Local, Government Speakers

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WHEN: 1:00 pm Tomorrow (Tuesday) February 26, 2108

WHERE: East Steps NYS Capital Albany, New York

WHAT: Upwards of 600 mental health self and system advocates and community providers from across New York are coming to Albany tomorrow to march at the Capital and meet with state legislators on 3 primary issues.

· Address housing rate deficits that are destabilizing our housing systems and our ability to promote stability of those we serve

· 2.9% Cost of Living Adjustment for the Human Services Sector to address longstanding shortages that have led to upwards of 50% staff turnover and 30% turnover rates and that touch the lives of a workforce that is largely comprised of women and people of color

· To ban the use of Solitary Confinement for people with disabilities, pregnant mothers, young people and seniors.

Contact: Harvey Rosenthal 518-527-0564

And Don’t Forget to Save the Date for the NYAPRS 22nd Annual Legislative Day