Gov Cuomo to Release Budget Tues, BH Advocates Hold Monday News Conference on the COLA

Governor Cuomo has announced he will present his 2019-2020 Executive Budget this coming Tuesday, January 15th.  He will deliver his State of the State and budget address at 2:00 in Albany.

You can watch the Governor’s address by live webcast on the Governor’s website:

When they become available, budget bills will be found on the Division of the Budget website:

We’ll offer budget analysis shortly after the bills come out. There’s some speculation that they may not be available till much later Tuesday and maybe into Wednesday.

Our coalition of behavioral health advocates are holding a news conference Monday at 11:30 to press for the 2.9% Cost of Living Adjustment.

Look for more on Monday

N E W S   A D V I S O R Y 

Behavioral Health Advocates Unite to Press for

a COLA to Address the Funding and Workforce Crisis 

January 14, 2019                       11:30 am      LOB Room 130

Contact: Glenn Liebman   518-360-7916

With the imminent release of the New York State Executive Budget, advocates for behavioral health services including consumers, families and providers will come to Albany on Monday to urge Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to include a 2.9% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to address a workforce and agency funding crisis that is producing unmanageable vacancy and turnover rates and agency operating challenges that jeopardize their ability to support all New Yorkers of all ages. 

The advocates will release a newly compiled survey that pointedly demonstrated the magnitude of their workforce crisis, showing a 35% statewide turnover rates and 14% vacancy rates for the behavioral health workforce.  In New York City alone, the turnover rate was over 45%.

Representing consumers, families and mental health and substance use service providers, they emphasized the overwhelming demand for a strong and stable behavioral health service sector in addressing alarming increases in deaths due to opioid use and suicide, including a growing number of attempts among children under 10 years old, and steadily mounting rates of homelessness and incarceration.

Speakers include:       

  • Glenn Liebman, Mental Health Association in NYS

  • Consumer, family and provider representatives

  • Others TBA