COVID-19 Updates

NYS Creates Volunteer Mental Health Hotline to Help with Coronavirus Crisis

03/21/2020
Within the last few hours, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a state-wide hotline to provide free mental health services to individuals at home who may be experiencing stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor has called upon mental health professionals to volunteer to create a reserve of mental health professionals to provide telephone and/or telehealth counseling for individuals in need. NYSPA has contacted the Governor’s office and advised them it will be sending a communication to its members to encourage participation in this important initiative on behalf of New Yorkers in need.  
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COVID-19 Resources

NYS Residents who are in need of emotional support during this trying time can contact New York State's Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314.

New York State Office of Mental Health Guidance Documents

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