“Fair and equitable access to mental health services has been an issue for New Yorkers who are members of communities that have been historically underserved by the current healthcare system, whether it be those living in minority communities dubbed “mental health deserts”, those suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, and disabilities, or those who are part of the criminal justice system. The addition of 25 new IMT teams, expansion of clubhouse capacity, and launch of CONNECT is another step forward in ensuring that no New Yorkers are left without access to proper mental health care. Connecting these communities with direct mental health care will greatly help their recovery from a pandemic that ravaged their physical and mental health”. said Council Member Farah N. Louis, Chair of the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities, and Addictions.

Read the full press release from the Office of the Mayor (link)