The NYS Coalition for Children’s Behavioral Health’s reputation for integrity has resulted in valuable relationships with state officials. These relations have helped to present the Coalition as a resource to legislators and administrative staff on pertinent issues that affect children’s behavioral health services across New York State.
The Coalition provides a collective influence and direct access to New York’s regulatory, fiscal and legislative bodies. The Coalition’s membership provides an opportunity to transform the children’s behavioral health system and to shape the future of the industry rather than have it shaped for them.
Continually asked to act as the lead children’s behavioral health providers’ voice on legislative policy matters, the Coalition develops proactive legislative priorities and agendas prior to the legislative session. During each legislative session, we ask for our member’s assistance by providing input to support those policies and positions.
In addition to advocating on our members behalf, The Coalition publishes reports, Budget and Legislative fact sheets and “Talking Points” summarizing the implications, our position, the legislative history, and what our members and families should ask for of their legislative leaders regarding the issues.
The Coalition is the premier voice for children’s behavioral health service providers and the children and families they serve in New York State. The Coalition works collaboratively with other statewide advocates to support the formation of policy that will best serve the needs of children with mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges and their families.