Fund for the City of New York
Special Projects Fund
October 2016-December 2017
At least one in five New Yorkers will experience a mental health disorder in any given year. Frontline staff at community-based organizations (CBOs) report that many clients often appear depressed or anxious, which they suspect may interfere with clients’ ability to succeed in programs.
However, with limited mental health training, staff members at these organizations are unprepared to deal with clients’ emotional and/or behavioral problems. In response to this issue, New York City released a plan to guide an overhaul of the City’s mental health services. A key component of the initiative is Connections To Care (C2C), a public-private partnership that aims to build mental illness prevention and treatment capacity of CBOs that work in the areas of workforce development, education, and early childhood services. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded Fund for the City of New York a grant, in partnership with the Altman Foundation, to support CBOs in building their capacity to help low-income New Yorkers receive mental health care.