$11 Million from State Budget Gives Boost to Healthy Families New York Program

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently celebrated the allocation of $11 million in funding from the New York State Budget for the Healthy Families New York program across several state counties. The program, which is run by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, promotes prenatal care, helps with birth outcomes, and fosters positive growth between parents and children.

“Healthy Families New York is a proven program that has helped strengthen families and enhance the well-being of children across New York,” Hochul remarked of the funding. “It is paramount that we continue to make smart investments in evidence-based programs that provide direct support to children and families when they need it most. This funding will expand the proven Healthy Families New York program to every county, giving more young families the support they need to build healthy lives and help their children thrive.”

Counties in New York state to be included are as follows: Cayuga, Chautauqua, Columbia, Essex, Fulton, Genesee, Greene, Hamilton, Lewis, Montgomery, Nassau, Onondaga, Putnam, Saratoga, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Warren, Washington, and Wyoming.

"I am thrilled that $11 million was included in the budget to expand Healthy Families New York, a home visiting program that supports families by offering prenatal and early childhood services, including helping families access community resources and services, educating families on parenting and child development, connecting families with medical providers and assessing children for developmental delays,” stated New York State Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi of the funding. “These early interventions are crucial to set our children and families up for success. Thank you to Commissioner Poole and everyone at the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for their swift action in utilizing these funds to get services to families right away.”

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Buffalo, NY

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