Chirlane McCray

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City Council to question city first lady on her Thrive NYC initiative to help the mentally ill

March 26, 2019 - 7:09 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — In a City Council hearing Tuesday afternoon, NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray will be asked to explain if the $250 million per year the Thrive NYC initiative she oversees is really helping New Yorkers with mental illness.

This comes especially after Susan Herman, the director of Thrive NYC, has admitted in recent days that three quarters of the programs have yet to make a real impact.

A recent audit by city comptroller showed that 75 percent of the programs are not showing results so far.

The initiative began three and a half years ago.

McCray says, “We have more than half a million people since October of 2016 who have called NYC Well to make an appointment, to get help from a trained counselor.”

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has questioned whether the very mentally ill in NYC are getting the help they need.

“Many of the things that this administration has put forward; 3K pre-K, Thrive, I think are really good things; it’s just a matter of ensuring it’s the right amount of money,” said Johnson.

McCray will testify around 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the City Hall.

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