By Madina Toure
December 4, 2017
A year after New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray launched a national coalition of city leaders pushing for mental health reform, she is rolling out the now 200 person coalition’s funding priorities for 2018. She’s also heading to Washington, D.C. early next year to lobby congressional lawmakers.
In November 2016, McCray announced the formation of the Cities Thrive Coalition, a bipartisan group of mayors from all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico looking to shape mental health reform locally and nationally. It draws on the main principles for action in the city’s mental health initiative, ThriveNYC, which McCray spearheaded and created in November 2015. The coalition, which strives for a better funded and more consolidated behavioral health system nationwide, expanded from 25 cities last year to 200 cities this year.