Mission

The New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare (“The Council”) is an outcome-oriented statewide, non-profit, 501(c)(3) membership organization composed of 100 community-based organizations that provide recovery-focused mental health and/or substance abuse/chemical dependence and addiction treatment programs and services for New Yorkers in need. NYS Council members offer a broad array of behavioral health services designed to meet the unique needs of children and adolescents, individuals and families seeking our assistance.   Our services are available in a variety of community settings including freestanding agencies, behavioral health divisions of general hospitals, and county mental hygiene programs.  The NYS Council provides our members with top quality government relations services and advocacy leadership that have resulted in many critical “wins” for providers and consumers over the past decade.  We deliver timely and accurate information and analysis on local, state, and federal budget and policy issues.  The NYS Council enjoys strong relationships with state leaders and we are well known in Albany and throughout the state as thoughtful partners who always act with integrity.

The mission of the NYS Council remains unchanged over the last 50 years. Our objective is to protect and enhance the availability of effective and efficient behavioral health programs and services that meet the unique needs of underserved individuals and families in their local communities.