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One in ten children in New York State has a serious emotional disturbance. But the system designed to serve them is chronically overwhelmed: Sick kids sit on waitlists. Mental health and substance abuse clinics struggle to hire pediatric specialists. And providers lose money on Medicaid-funded programs.

The State passed a new budget that offers hope for real reform, expanding Medicaid services designed to catch problems early, serve kids in their communities, and keep them out of institutions. Now it’s time to talk about what’s next.

Join the Center for New York City Affairs for a discussion of children’s behavioral health care: What do vulnerable kids and adolescents need? What are the barriers to accessing care? What steps should the City and State take to improve the system? How can New York’s Medicaid redesign plan fulfill its potential to change children’s lives?

Panelists include:

  • Donna Bradbury, Associate Commissioner, Division of Integrated Community Services for Children and Families, NYS Office of Mental Health
  • Marnie Davidoff, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Gail Nayowith, Principal of 1digit LLC and Chair, NYCDOHMH Community Services Board
  • Jennifer Havens, MD, Director and Chief of Service, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Kenton Kirby, Director, Make it Happen and Director, Clinical and Trauma Support Services, Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
  • Tonia Spence, Senior Director, Early Childhood Services, The Jewish Board