NYAPRS Note: The following comes from the NYC Council for Community Behavioral Health care. Please call asap. Thanks!
Yesterday the NYS Council learned that now would be an extremely helpful moment for all NYS mental health and substance use disorder/addiction treatment agencies to weigh in with New York State Senators Schumer and Gillibrand to request that they support incorporating language into the Senate opioid package that would extend by one year the (original) Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program.
See more about the program at https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/What-is-a-CCBHC-11.7.17.pdf
Given his role in leadership, Sen. Schumer will be the final deciding voice on whether CCBHC expansion makes it into the final opioid package— and Sen. Gillibrand can be helpful in communicating with him about how important CCBHC expansion is for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.
Please take a moment to call Senators Schumer and Gillibrand. Ask Senator Schumer to please support a one year extension of the CCBHC Demo, and then call Senator Gillibrand and encourage her to weigh in with Senator Schumer about the importance of the Demo.
Important Reminder: It is not just the current 13 NYS CCBHC provider organizations that should be making these calls. All of us need to do everything we can to keep the original CCBHC Program funded and expanding across New York.
Please make these calls today!
Here's the info you need:
Call Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in Washington( at 202) 224-6542 and leave the following message:
“I’m a registered voter from (your locality) calling to ask the Senator to support a one year extension of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program”
Call Senator Kristin Gillibrand in Washington at (202) 228-0282 and leave the following message:
“I’m a registered voter from (your locality) calling to ask the Senator to let Senator Schumer she supports a one year extension of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Demonstration Program”