Statement in Support of Clinical Mental Health Services in Family Shelter

The undersigned groups express our strong support for providing clinical mental health services on site in family shelters so that parents and children can easily access the tools they need to address their mental health needs. Families in shelter have all experienced trauma and many also struggle with mental health challenges. In our work as shelter providers, mental health providers, and advocates, we see every day that this significant need is going unmet because of the lack of resources. We call on the City Council and the Mayor to remedy this by providing funding for clinical mental health services for adults and children on-site in all shelters serving families with children. This funding must be included in this year’s budget and baselined for future years.