ALBANY, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday, March 10 that $10 million will be made available to bolster New Yorkers’ mental health.

The money, given over the next five years, will be used to create a pair of statewide networks – one aimed at children and another at families – to assist in strengthening the network of peer advocates. These advocates will also be used to help bring about programs and policies to help serve children with mental health illnesses and their families.

The Statewide Network for Youth Peer Support and Advocacy will help young people work towards recovery and treatment of mental health problems. They will also be helping governments and organizations, both local and statewide, promote policies and practices that will be integral to their recovery. The other network – the Statewide Structure and Network for Family Support and Advocacy will provide resources to the families of children with mental health needs.

Both networks will be helping healthcare providers and local governments on policies to help establish policies and programs to benefit those with mental health issues.

Both of these are part of Governor Hochul’s $1 billion plan to overhaul the mental health care system in New York State and reduce the number of mental health needs throughout the state.

There is no timetable established for the implementation of either network.