The New York State Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health responded to Ellis Hospital’s decision to temporarily suspend their adolescent inpatient mental health unit by offering assistance to Capital Region families. Parents are concerned about the lack of adequate and qualified mental health workers in the area. The staff at Ellis notified all employees on Friday with this decision, due to severe shortage of child certified professionals in the area.
CBHNY explained that they are ready to help the community find alternatives for children in crisis. They have offered to work with the New York State Office of Mental Health Department, which will lead to effective closure at Ellis Hospital on May 2.
CCHA said that they are reaching out to providers in order to ensure children in need of care receive services. They strongly urge state legislatures to enact legislation that expands the scope of practice for mental health counselors and family therapists who are already licensed in New York right now.
“We urge them to consider the human cost of not being able to access treatment. The State Legislature could authorize licensed mental health counselors and family therapists to provide more clinical services.” As President & CEO of the NYS Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health, Andrea Smyth urges legislators to put children first.