Allow out-of-state counselors to offer online therapy
It is winter. The days are short, the weather is cold and COVID-19 seems to be everywhere. We are fast approaching two years of pandemic disruption and isolation. More New Yorkers than ever are seeking mental health professionals.
But state resources are scarce. In the past 10 years, the number of employees in the State Office for Mental Health has fallen by more than 16 percent. Nationwide, nine out of 10 therapists say the number of patients seeking care is increasing.