NYC mental health training experiment invites applicants


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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is looking for community organizations interested in a $30 million experiment in preparing non-professionals to be mental health helpers.

The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City issued a request Thursday for applications for what's called the "Connections to Care" initiative. It's part of a major mental-health campaign by city first lady Chirlane McCray.

Connections to Care targets organizations that work with expectant women, parents of small children, the unemployed poor and young people who aren't in work or school. Staffers will be trained to identify possible mental health problems and provide information and some assistance.

The concept dates back decades but has been getting renewed attention in recent years.

The initiative is financed partly by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service.

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