AccessCNY receives $1,200,000 State Assembly grant to support mental health needs of kids with disabilities

Left to right: AccessCNY Executive Director Paul Joslyn, Representative Al Stirpe, community member Bobbi Rogers and Speaker of the New York State Assembly Carl E. Heastie

Through conversations with local families and self-advocates, it has become clear that there is a growing need for programs focused on the mental and behavioral health needs of kids with disabilities. 

With this in mind, we are elated to announce that AccessCNY will be breaking ground on a Children’s Respite and Mental Wellness Center in the spring of 2023! The new center will be located in Northern Onondaga County and will be built and operated by AccessCNY with community needs in mind. 

In the words of Executive Director Paul Joslyn, “Prior to the COVID pandemic, the need for mental healthcare was growing steadily, especially among children with disabilities. The need for quality mental health support has only skyrocketed in the last two years.”

In an effort to best serve the community, the new center will provide:

  • Respite care (for both planned and crisis visits)
  • Social work/counseling services
  • Fun and interesting sensory and skill building spaces

This endeavor is possible thanks to the support of the New York State Assembly and Assemblyman Al Stirpe, who secured $1,200,000 in capital funding for the new center. AccessCNY is beyond grateful for the Assembly’s support and we are looking forward to sharing more details about this project in the future.  

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