How New York Stacks Up

The budget proposal to do away with the licensed mental health practitioner exemption will put more New Yorkers at risk. Just take a look at New York’s present numbers.

  • 3.1 million New Yorkers live in communities where mental health services are in short supply. They have to live each day without the ability to access services
  • These New Yorkers reside in 40 of New York’s 62 counties. In essence, over two-thirds of the state has been designated as Mental Health Shortage Areas
  • The Kaiser Family Foundation ranks New York State as 5th in the nation for Mental Health Care Professional Shortage Areas. Kaiser determines this by measuring the number of health professionals relative to the population with consideration for high needs
  • Mental Health America (MHA) recently found that New York has the 11th lowest rate of access to mental health care in the nation. This access measure includes access to insurance, access to treatment, quality and cost of insurance, access to special education, and workforce availability. A high Access Ranking indicates that a state provides relatively more access to insurance and mental health treatment
  • MHA also found that New York
    • Ranked 13th overall when combining prevalence and access to care for both adults and youth
    • Ranked 22nd in the prevalence of mental health for both adults and youth
    • Has a middle-of-the-road status when it comes to prevalence and access to youth mental health services (18)
    • Ranks low (13) on prevalence and access to adult mental health services
  • According to the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ 2017 Losing Ground report,
    • The percentage of superintendents identifying increasing mental health-related services for students as a funding priority surged by 17 percentage points, from 35% in 2016 to 52% in 2017
    • Increased funding to increase mental health-related services emerged as the top priority among superintendents statewide. In the previous six annual surveys, increasing extra academic help for struggling students led all priorities
    • Superintendents attributed the increasing priority on mental health services to growing needs among children and families, arising from the effects of poverty and economic insecurity and from the influence technology, including social media