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Advocates Coming to Albany on Wednesday, March 8th, Urging Funding for the Mental Health Workforce

ALBANY, NY – On Wednesday, March 8th, mental health advocates from across the State will converge in Albany at the Annual Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) ‘Mental Health Matters Day.’ Glenn Liebman, CEO of MHANYS, said:

“March 8th is a great opportunity to bring together diverse mental health advocates including those involved in housing, support programs for people with mental illness, peers, families, individuals with eating disorders, veterans, youth, and other groups.”

Several leaders in the community will be in attendance at the event including Office of Mental Health Commissioner Ann Sullivan, Assembly Mental Hygiene Chair, Aileen Gunther, Senate Mental Hygiene Chair, Robert Ortt, Assembly Chair of the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, Marcus Crespo, Senate Banking Chair, Jesse Hamilton, and Assemblyman John McDonald.

Besides issues of workforce, advocates will also be discussing needs for housing for individuals with mental illness, veterans’ mental health issues, mental health education and public awareness issues, eating disorders, medication access and issues of managed care.

According to Liebman,

“All roads lead to workforce. The community mental health workforce is the backbone of the mental health system. These dedicated individuals are doing difficult and complex work while also frequently working other jobs to make ends meet. The workforce needs to be compensated with a living wage and not continue to be denied an annual Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) by the State as has been the case over much of the last decade”

The event is taking place from 9:00-11:30 at Meeting Room 6 in the Concourse at the Albany Plaza. Rally to follow from 12 to 1 at the Capitol Steps. Register here https://mhanys.org/registration/ to attend.

Mental Health Association in New York State, Inc. (MHANYS) is our state level affiliate of MHA. Follow them online:  www.MHANYS.orgFacebook, and Twitter