More help coming: NYC making mental health services available in family shelters


Mental health professionals will soon be available in all family shelters across New York City, after a bill requiring on-site mental health services was passed by the City Council last week.

Under the new bill — passed by a majority on March 2 — the city plans to roll out the services in 30 of the largest family shelters to start, with the services set for all family shelters by July 2025.

The bill’s sponsor, Manhattan Council Member Erik Bottcher, called its passage “groundbreaking.”

“I’m so proud that the City Council passed my third bill, groundbreaking legislation that will put mental health services in every family homeless shelter in New York City,” Bottcher said in a statement.