New York City is launching a $30-million program to help low-income residents connect with mental-health services, The New York Times reports. [Editor's note: As the headline with this article says, it is a $30-million program, not a $3-million program as the previous sentence stated.]
Connections to Care will help train workers at organizations that already deal with low-income populations to identify and help heal individuals facing depresseion, substance abuse, and other mental health issues.
The program is funded over five years with a $10-million federal grant and $20 million from the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York, led by Chirlane McCray, the wife of Mayor Bill de Blasio. The fund will open a request for proposals in September, and the local nonprofits are expected to work with mental-health providers who will train their employees.