Nonprofits Picked to Participate in Chirlane McCray’s Mental-Health Initiative

Fourteen city nonprofits were selected to help carry out first lady Chirlane McCray’s $850 million mental-health plan.

One of its initiatives is a $30 million public-private partnership, called Connections to Care, which pairs social-services agencies with mental-health providers to reach low-income New Yorkers who may be reluctant to reach out for help.

Mental-health experts will train staff members of community organizations to identify and support clients in need of services. The program focuses on helping expectant parents, parents of young children and the unemployed. It also targets young adults ages 16 to 24 who have left school but are without a job.

“By partnering with community leaders and community organizations, we will be able to provide services where people already are—where they live, work, worship and study, and get those services from people they already trust,” McCray said in a statement.

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