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The New York City Mental Health Service Corps (MHSC) is a key initiative of Thrive NYC: A Mental Health Roadmap for All– a comprehensive public health approach to mental health designed to promote and protect the wellbeing of all New Yorkers. The MHSC fills the too long neglected gaps in mental health and substance use services throughout NYC by creating a corps of approximately 400 mental health clinicians placed in high-need communities. Through best practices and a better design of care, the initiative will increase the diversity of behavioral health clinicians in the workforce and strengthen care where it is needed the most.

MHSC focuses on the recruitment, training, and support of early career social workers and psychologists to become fully licensed behavioral health clinicians with a specific focus on incorporating evidence-based practices in primary care and behavioral health settings throughout New York City. Through a structured supervision system and task-shifting model, clinicians are able to obtain advanced licensure through the MHSC and strengthen their own capacity to be able to provide sound behavioral health services in marginalized communities and populations. MHSC is a city-funded program housed under Hunter College, CUNY and the Research Foundation of CUNY. All MHSC staff are employees of the Research Foundation of CUNY.

MHSC Mission, Vision & Values
MHSC's mission is as follows: 1. Strengthen and expand the behavioral health work force through a task-shifting model2; 2. Enhance behavioral health service delivery through new and existing models of care (e.g. behavioral health in primary care); 3. Close the treatment gap by placing behavioral health clinicians in high need areas. 4. Support knowledge sharing and transfer both within MHSC and with external partners. The vision is to increase the overall wellbeing for all New Yorkers by providing an innovative approach to behavioral health care through these mechanisms in communities with the highest needs. MHSC leadership has developed six core values (see Figure 1) that weave through all aspects of the program from its inception. We expect that both our managers and our staff imbue these values in everything they do from how they interact with communities and families to how they treat their peer colleagues and supervisors.  Values are a framework that will positively influence our MHSC Behavioral Health Clinicians and staff who interface with the health care practices and the communities in which we serve.

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