The New York City Council Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction Committee and Hospitals Committee held a joint oversight hearing on December 3 on “Access to Mental Health Services in New York City Hospitals.” GNYHA Vice President Alison Burke described how hospitals deliver behavioral health services amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the longer-term shift from inpatient psychiatric care to outpatient and community-based care. NYC Health + Hospitals’ testimony detailed the mental health services it provides, how it engages in follow-up care, and its pandemic experience. Several small organizations testified to request funding from the City to provide mental health services to specific populations.
GNYHA Testifies on Mental Health Services
December 15, 2021
GNYHA Opposes Ambulance Siren Legislation
GNYHA recently submitted a memo opposing two New York City Council bills that seek to regulate ambulance sirens in response to community noise complaints. Introduction 286-2022 and Introduction 960-2023 would require ambulance operators to fit their ambulances with a two-tone high and low siren and an additional low-frequency tone “rumbler” siren, respectively. Both bills would...
August 25, 2023
City Council Seeks to Address Complaints about Ambulance Sirens
Community noise complaints have prompted City Council Members to propose two bills to regulate ambulance sirens in New York City. Introduction 286-2022 would require ambulances to be fitted with a two-tone high and low siren, and Introduction 960-2023 would require ambulances to be fitted with an additional low-frequency tone “rumbler” siren. Both bills would require...
July 28, 2023
New York City Council Set to Pass Amended Hospital Pricing Bill; GNYHA to Push for Veto
The New York City Council is set to pass a bill on June 8 creating an office that would scrutinize hospital pricing, compliance with Federal price transparency rules, and community benefit work. GNYHA has strongly opposed Intro. 844-2022 (attached). It is a clear attempt to weaken hospitals that care for New Yorkers 24/7, oversteps City...
June 6, 2023