Yesterday, Governor Hochul announced the state will make available $38.2 million dollars in funding to set up eight Safe Options Support teams throughout the state to provide intensive outreach, engagement and care coordination services for individuals who are experiencing homelessness outside of New York City.
The funds will come from the New York State Office of Mental Health and will be modeled off ones that are currently offering assistance to unsheltered individuals staying on the streets and subways of New York City.
“Far too many New Yorkers are living unhoused in our communities, lacking the resources and support they need to get back on their feet,” Governor Hochul said. “These outreach professionals will help provide immediate assistance and develop a positive relationship with individuals living on the street – helping them access the services they can rely on to start on a path toward stability.”
The Safe Options Support Teams will include behavioral health professionals that will help connect those experiencing homelessness to important services and shelter they need. The team will also include licensed clinicians, care managers and peer specialists that will all work with local government agencies, community organizations, hospitals and law enforcement.