New York City ex­pands mo­bile pro­gram to reach men­tally ill

Antelope Valley Press - - Second Front -

NEW YORK — New York City is ex­pand­ing a pro­gram to use mo­bile units to reach hun­dreds of peo­ple who are men­tally ill, the city an­nounced Mon­day.

The city said in a re­lease that it will spend $9.4 mil­lion to boost its mo­bile mental health treat­ment teams, which were launched in 2016.

The city said the new money will be part of a $21 mil­lion in­vest­ment that will lead to the hir­ing of more so­cial work­ers, hous­ing spe­cial­ists and le­gal as­sis­tance em­ploy­ees. The ad­di­tional work­ers will be needed to process the 20% in­crease in mental health re­fer­rals the ef­fort is ex­pected to gen­er­ate, the city said, adding that it will likely reach 900 more peo­ple an­nu­ally.

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