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NEW YORK (AP) — A consulting group and a poverty think tank have been tapped to evaluate New York City's upcoming $30 million experiment in preparing non-professionals to be mental health helpers.
The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City said Monday the RAND Corp. and New York University's McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research will assess the "Connections to Care" initiative. They applied as a pair.
Connections to Care aims to train staffers at some social-service organizations to identify possible mental health problems and provide information and some assistance.
RAND and McSilver will track such factors as whether the staffers' efforts lead to fewer hospitalizations or help participants make better use of the organizations' other services, such as job placement or child development.
The mayor's fund is the city's charitable arm.
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