Jessica Glass, Clinical Director and Better Living Center at The Fortune Society

Put Mayor de Blasio’s Executive Budget To Good Use For Fortune Clients

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sharing the sentiment of Phillip Saperia, CEO of the Coalition of Behavioral Health Agencies, I believe that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Executive Budget, that extends funding for mental health and social services programs, will be greatly appreciated — both by those working in the service field (like those of us here at The Fortune Society) and also by those receiving the services, our clients.

There seems to be a number of directions that this funding is heading, all areas of need.

As clinicians in the field of criminal justice and mental health, the primary areas of concern commonly seen in Fortune’s Better Living Center (BLC) that act as a barrier for our clients are mostly of a preventative nature – including systemic discrimination, over-incarceration, lack of stable housing, lack of education, and lack of employment. Most importantly, our clients suffer from poverty of expectation.

Fortune prides itself on successful outcomes because the core of our mission is the belief that our clients can succeed at their life goals and, in doing so, help build their community. Fortune staff expect and believe in our clients’ abilities to excel. Fortune holds recognition events where clients are given certificates acknowledging their participation in programs. The clients respond to this by excelling.

Conferring with clinic staff, we would most like to see funding placed in schools with an increased ratio of social workers-to-students in order to identify and address areas of concern by intervening as soon as possible.

We would also like to see increased funding of restorative justice programs, vocational programs within schools, improved case management programs within multiple systems such as Rikers, single and family shelters, family  hospitals with a greater coordination of care including a unified database, healthy relationship planning, and a reduced public transportation fare for clients to manage multiple required appointments.

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