New York City expands mobile program to reach mentally ill
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.