Breaking Ground at Ittleson Center with Councilmember G. Oliver Koppell

Public Policy

JBFCS Department of Public Policy & Government Relations supports an agency-wide effort to educate and inform policy makers on regulatory and funding issues impacting our programs, our clients and providers, and in matters of non-profit administration.

We evaluate state, city and federal budgets and help decision makers understand the real costs of cuts and the true value of funded programs.

We give voice to the concerns of our social service workers and consumers and encourage them to participate in public policy debates. We are working together to improve access and delivery of care and to end stigma and prejudice against people with mental illness and other challenges.

We are also honored to serve as a resource to Government. Elected officials know they can count on our knowledge when individual constituents in need of social services contact their elected representatives. We have been chosen for our expertise to participate in New York City initiatives in Autism, Geriatric Mental Health, Children Under Five and Infant Mortality Reduction. Our most innovative and successful programs, such as the Foster Care Mental Health project, have been chosen by Government Agencies for replication.

We build strong relationships with the Public Policy sector by meeting one-on-one with elected and appointed government office holders as well as in coalition with human services providers; through opportunities for public testimony and grassroots lobbying; and by hosting and attending special events such as Job Fairs and Legislative Breakfasts.

Gregg Cobb, Department Director, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, JBFCS; Karen Kasner, JBFCS Boardmember; Carmen Collado, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations, JBFCS; NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 Senator Diane J. Savino Tour of Geller House

Senator Diane J. Savino visiting Geller House with JBFCS Staff.

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