BH Advocates Call for 2.9% Cost of Living Hike (news conference video)

Behavioral Health Advocates Call for 2.9% Cost of Living Hike (news conference video)

Thanks to our colleagues across the behavioral health spectrum who came together today in support of a 2.9% COLA for the human services workforce in the State Budget.  Thanks also to our speakers---Bill Gettman, CEO of Northern Rivers,  Phyllis Fisher of Community Access, Tina Lee, Director of Public Relations for NAMI-NYS and Jessica Mitchell from Northern Rivers.

Among those present were representatives of the Mental Health Association in NYS, NYAPRS, Community Access, NAMI-NYS, Association for Community Living, MHA of NYC, NYS Coalition for Children's Mental Health Services, Coalition of Medication Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates, Families Together, Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of NYS and Northern Rivers Family of Services.

Listed below is a link to the Facebook Live video of the press conference, thanks to Matthew Shapiro of NAMI-NYS at

All made a compelling case for support of a COLA in the budget as you can tell from the video. 

We’re particularly grateful for Phyllis Fisher’s testimony about her experience with 12 separate care managers in 12 years. Please listen a 6:18.