NYC to bring in military trauma specialists to assess hospitals, workers' mental health

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the mental health of front-line workers will be made a priority in New York City.

News 12 Staff

Apr 29, 2020, 1:15 PM

Updated 1,480 days ago

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NYC to bring in military trauma specialists to assess hospitals, workers' mental health
Mayor Bill de Blasio says the mental health of front-line workers will be made a priority in New York City.
He announced the NYC Helping Healers Heal Program Wednesday that offers online and in-person support for health care professionals.
He says the mental health support will include a 24/7 behavioral helpline for NYC Health + Hospitals, as well as one-on-one peer and group support at all facilities.
In addition, military trauma specialists will also be brought in to assess the entire system and individual hospitals.
The specialists will implement new programs, tailor tools to individual hospitals and train small groups at each hospital.
They will then train 1,000+ NYC Health + Hospitals health personnel as well as private hospital staff in combat stress management, connecting front-line workers to programs and support.
Mayor de Blasio also announced antibody testing in New York City’s health care facilities starting next week. NYC will offer antibody testing for over 150,000 health care workers and first responders.
The testing will be offered at hospitals, fire houses, police stations and correction facilities.
Health officials say antibody testing can identify past COVID-19 infections.
More changes are being made to protect homeless New Yorkers as well. The Department of Homeless Services is to further reduce shelter density to protect health. This week, DHS will move 1,000 more people from shelters into commercial hotels, prioritizing large shelters.
NYC Health + Hospitals and DHS are now working together to provide medical oversight to all DHS sites and will be launching testing this week at DHS shelters. They hope to expand testing across system by mid-May.
A new change is also coming to marriage licenses. The mayor says the marriage license process will be available online starting next week. It will be available in 11 languages.


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