Council member unveils proposal to boost mental health care access

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A City Council member from Brooklyn is proposing new measures to increase access to mental health care in the borough.

Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr. was joined with health professionals at Borough Hall Monday to present a proposal that aims to fill in gaps in access. He says Brooklyn faces shortfalls in access to mental health services.

The proposal, "Mental Health is Public Health" centers on three goals: easier access to care, strengthening early intervention and community action, and improving police involvement and response.

Cornegy Jr. says it's about educating and equipping the community to help those facing mental health issues. He plans to work with Thrive NYC, the city office that’s committed to creating a mental health care system that works for all.

Advocates say the next step will be sitting down with Thrive NYC to boost services in the district.

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