“The Manhattan Borough Based Council provides me with a great opportunity to link families with vital community resources, providers and services that will support them continuously. As a Co-Chair, my role involves bridging together families, providers, and mental health resources to support all families.
Our BBC members are committed to helping families by establishing relationship with community partners in all serving systems in New York City.”
—Karmita Morgan-Randall, Manhattan Borough Based Council Co-Chair
We bring together communities. We share resources. We raise awareness. We advocate for positive systems change on behalf of children and youth’s mental health throughout the five boroughs of NYC. We are the Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative (CCSI) of New York City.
CCSI-NYC is a unique cross-systems approach that brings together parents, family members, youth, community-based organization service providers, government agencies, and community members on a monthly basis to discuss what is working to support youth’s mental and behavioral health, identify barriers to services, and advocate for changes in child and youth-serving systems.
The impacts that this vast support network of resources, expertise, and perspectives offer are many. On a personal level, many individual family members have stated that they have received the support and resources that they needed within the BBC’s to help gain access to mental and behavioral health care for their child.
On a community level, each Borough Based Council works together to target gaps in services and systemic barriers within their communities to advance understanding of the need for mental health resources and to increase access to those resources for children and their families.
Get involved by joining your Borough Based Council, and be a part of the change!