A mental health certificate from the state of New York can help you qualify for a state-funded mental health treatment program, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
The state is currently developing a statewide mental health program for children and youth, and it plans to open one in 2017, according the National Institutes of Health.
This is part of the effort to expand access to mental health care for children, said Laura M. Lasky, the executive director of the New York State Coalition for Children, Youth and Families.
In New York, children under age 18 and adults age 21 and older have access to health care.
Lasksy said the mental health certificates are intended to be temporary and can be renewed through a process that can take up to two years.
Liss, the director of mental health services at the State Hospital for Women and Children in Albany, said her organization was in the process of getting a mental health certification for its center when the state announced its new plan.
Laws that govern the state’s mental health system have changed significantly since the 1980s, when the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was founded to help people who were experiencing a mental illness.
NAMI is now part of MentalHealth.org, a nonprofit that advocates for mental health.
It is a nonprofit, but it is funded by the state, which has no financial obligation for it, said Dr. Joseph V. Capriani, the state director for mental disorders and the lead author of the state bill that would require the issuance of the mental wellness certificate.
The State Hospital has been trying to meet NAMI’s goals for mental wellness since 2004, said Capriano.
He said the State has been able to work with state-sponsored providers in order to help children and adolescents with developmental disabilities get treatment.
However, he said that has not always been the case.
Children in New York who are considered to be mentally ill are treated differently from other children, he added.
“This can lead to people being stigmatized, and that can have negative consequences for their mental health.”
Lasker, the health services director, said that the state would work to ensure that children and teens who are deemed to be severely mentally ill receive appropriate treatment, including behavioral therapy.
The Department of Children and Families is also considering creating a program to provide mental health counseling for children ages six to 16, Lasked said.
The program would be open to all children in New Jersey and the District of Columbia, according Lasko.
The bill has not yet been sent to the governor, but Caprianni said it is on track to be signed into law by the end of June.
“We are moving toward a statewide program that will provide a way for kids to get the care they need,” he said.
Lisky, who is also a member of the NAMI board, said the goal of the legislation is to get children who are severely mentally or emotionally ill to have access.
“The goal of getting these kids access is to make sure they have the support that they need to get them through the process,” she said.
A mental illness diagnosis can be a sign of a mental disorder and can lead some children to be excluded from school, Liss said.
Some states require students to undergo psychiatric testing, but some states also have special programs for people with mental illness to access mental health resources.
New York is not the only state in which a mental wellness certification can be obtained, Capriann said.
“If you look at New York state, the first thing you’ll notice is that they are doing this really early, which is good because it’s really early in the development of a state mental health plan,” Capriante said.
Caprimani said that in the past year, the State of New Jersey has received more than 700 referrals for a mental care program.
The National Alliance of Mental Illnesses provides services for children who have developmental disabilities, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.
Caprizani said the group is excited about the New Jersey legislation.
“It gives us the opportunity to have more resources and more information about what to do in order for our kids to be able to get care in the first place,” he added, referring to mental illness services.
In addition to providing treatment, mental health providers can help children understand and communicate with others and find out about other mental health options.
“They can provide them with a sense of community and community support, which can help them with school,” Caprimano said.
He added that the organization is hoping that the new bill will help it provide services to children who may be facing additional barriers to accessing mental health treatments.
“These children have the same challenges that we have,” Caprisani said.