New York’s infants, toddlers, and families deserve equitable opportunities for a strong, healthy start in life.
The good news? The state continues to implement strong policies and investments to promote good health, creating opportunities to fund evidence-based programs like HealthySteps.
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“Children experiencing social and emotional development issues are much more likely to have positive outcomes if they receive proper attention early on in life,” Governor Hochul said. “By pairing with trained child development professionals with pediatric teams, we can help New York families to address their child’s physical and behavioral health needs, achieve better outcomes, and reduce the stigma sometimes associated treating mental health issues.”
It was during times like these that she reached out to her HealthySteps specialist, Allison Lieber, who directs the HealthySteps program at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. "I would just call in, I would just talk to her even for 5 minutes, and I just felt better," says [Teresa] Cox-Bates.
Notably, the budget will expand mental health services for children and families by providing an additional $12 million for Home-Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) teams and ZERO TO THREE’s evidence-based HealthySteps program. The budget also establishes Medicaid reimbursement for community health workers for high-risk populations and permits licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists in community health centers to bill for services delivered.
Schenectady social worker Bernadette McDaniel packs a lot into each day, helping families from all over the Capital Region secure everything from health care to food. McDaniel runs the HealthySteps program at Ellis Medicine Pediatric Pediatric Center, where she identifies gaps in the developmental, physical and social needs of low-income children and their parents, connecting them with programs that can provide relief and resources.
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