Adams calls for stronger mental health interventions following Jordan Neely’s killing
Mayor Eric Adams did not directly criticize Daniel Penny, the former Marine who put Neely into a deadly chokehold on a subway car
In New York, Narcan is becoming a household name
Lawmakers have worked to increase access to the opioid overdose reversal drug as thousands continue to die every year from overdoses.
More mental health crisis respite centers, in NYC Council plan
Mayor Eric Adams has his own mental health plan, but the council plans to push its priorities in the budget.
NYC health chief warns of “shorter, less healthy lives” without action
A recent report found that average life expectancy declined 4.6 years between 2019 and 2020. But Health Commissioner Ashwin Vasan said that COVID-19 wasn’t the only driver of those lost years.
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Home care workers target Adrienne Adams
The council has not moved on a bill that would ban 24-hour work days, amid oppositions from New Yorkers with disabilities and 1199 SEIU.
‘Not in New York, not now – not ever.’ Hochul announces abortion pill stockpile after Texas ruling
After the Texas ruling to stop the use of mifepristone sent shockwaves across the nation, the governor joined Planned Parenthood to announce a stockpile of another abortion drug in the state.
Opinion: Mental health emergencies deserve compassion, not criminalization
This year’s state budget must include funding for a pilot program that sends trained counselors, not armed police officers, to respond to mental health crises.
Labor weighs in on bail, ‘good cause,’ health care in New York budget
From “good cause” to bail reform rollbacks, unions are making their voices heard.
Opinion: Why New York deserves a reproductive healthcare services training and education grant program
Including $6 to 8 million in the final state budget for such an effort will ensure that medical interns and residents are properly trained in medical and surgical abortion procedures.
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Addiction-focused health commissioner still needs to talk to Hochul about overdoses
Acting Health Commissioner James McDonald is poised to take over permanently and has a history in overseeing controversial supervised injection sites.
Opinion: New York must invest in training nursing assistants
We need to scale an equity-focused model to address New York’s senior care staffing crisis
1199 fills 17K-seat arena for budget rally in Albany
Health care workers called for higher reimbursement rates and funding for safety net hospitals – while rapping with hip hop legends.
Opinion: NY can provide health care to undocumented immigrants and still save the state $500 million
Both can happen with passage of the Coverage for All bill.
Dozens of free mobile COVID-19 testing sites to close
New York City Health + Hospitals said they are “rightsizing” their mobile Test to Treat units amid low levels of COVID-19 transmission.
NY Senate considers doula support to improve birth outcomes
The professional birth care providers testified about how they can be empowered to help more women in New York.
Opinion: Medicaid prescription changes threaten patients and safety net providers
The federal 340B drug pricing program that serves low-income and underserved patients is about to be stripped of funding which may reduce STD and COVID-19 treatment services in New York.
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Will Hochul come around on supervised injection sites?
The governor didn’t talk much about addiction services in her State of the State, but advocates are pushing her to allow more facilities for medically supervised injection of illegal drugs.
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NYC politicians back nurses on first day of strike
Over 7,000 nurses walked off the job at Mount Sinai and Montefiore Monday