Mental health advocates face worker shortage – Capital Tonight

NYS Mental health housing providers face a 20% statewide average staff vacancy rate, with some programs at a 30-50% vacancy rate.

ACL Executive Director Sebrina Barrett was interviewed by Capital Tonight to explain that housing providers cannot afford to raise wages and urged New York State to better fund housing so staff can be paid a living wage.

Thank you to Jeff Rovitz, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Columbia-Greene Counties for sharing the issues surrounding a lack of qualified mental health workers for the state’s 988 hotline that is currently being created.

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