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Proposed cuts to NY Health Homes will harm vulnerable children, states concerned letter writers

BySamantha Johnson

Mar 15, 2024
Proposed cuts to NY Health Homes will harm vulnerable children, states concerned letter writers

As New York state nears the end of fiscal year 2025 budget negotiations, it is crucial for our state elected officials to reconsider the future of Health Home services for children. If Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposed restructuring of health homes cost savings is implemented, over 30,000 children and adolescents in New York state will be left without the necessary support they need.

Health Home care management is essential for adults and children with serious and complex physical health, mental health, and substance use disorders to achieve better health outcomes. Children enrolled in Health Home services often experience severe emotional disturbances, with over 80% having at least one mental health condition, making them some of the most complex cases in our healthcare system.

The return on investment outcomes for children’s health home services are compelling. These services have shown significant improvements in primary care visits (up 26.61%), reduced inpatient admissions (down 5%), and decreased emergency room visits (down 11.73%) compared to the previous year. This demonstrates the potential for children and adolescents to live healthier lives with the necessary interventions.

Proposed cuts to Health Home services will severely impact the program’s ability to continue providing essential care. This could result in increased emergency room visits and hospitalizations for some of the most vulnerable children in our state. It is crucial for our elected officials to maintain the current funding for these essential services to ensure that our children and youth receive the care they require and deserve.

As the Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, I urge our elected officials to prioritize the funding for these critical services. Our children’s well-being should be a top priority, and we must ensure that they have access to the necessary support to live healthier and happier lives.

By Samantha Johnson

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