The Assembly Women and Children Committee handles issues concerning the status of women and families and the welfare of children.
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Assembly Coalition Seeking Answers to State’s Cancellation of Call for More Psychiatric Beds & Services, Despite Evidence of Need

A broad coalition of more than a dozen Assembly members, led by Speaker Vincent Prieto and Assembly Budget Chair Gary Schaer, are seeking answers as to why the state Department of Health cancelled a call for additional psychiatric beds and services despite evidence of a growing need for these services throughout the state.

In a letter sent to the Commissioner of the Health Department late last month, the lawmakers noted, "Over the past several months, we have hosted three roundtable discussions throughout the state. These discussions addressed many issues related to behavioral and mental health, one of them being our state's inpatient psychiatric delivery system. Throughout these discussions, behavioral and other healthcare professionals continuously raised the need for increased bed capacity.

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