New York City Department of Health
and Mental Hygiene
Office of Communications
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Sandra Mullin/Kelly Sobel
Tuesday, November 19, 2002
NYC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE RECEIVES GRANT EXPANDING SERVICES FOR CHILDREN WITH EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) today announced it has received a federal grant to enhance services for children with serious emotional and behavioral disorders.
The grant, which provides $1 million in the first year and up to $9.45 million over six years, will fund the development of a "systems of care" initiative in New York City. This project aims to improve care for seriously emotionally disturbed children by better coordinating necessary treatment, including mental health, medical, psychosocial and substance abuse services. One of the program's primary goals is to ensure more children can remain in their own communities for treatment, rather than be sent to costly, out-of-community settings. This will expand on a similar but more limited program already in place, known as the Coordinated Children's Services Initiative (CCSI).
"By providing comprehensive, coordinated and individualized care, this new initiative should help improve the lives of New York City's seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families," said Louis Josephson, Ph.D., DOHMH's Assistant Commissioner for Child and Adolescent Services. "We look forward to building on our previous experience with CCSI and to being able to reach even more families in need."
The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the lead federal agency for improving the quality and availability of substance abuse prevention, addiction treatment and mental health services in the United States.