In August of 2022, LIFT partnered with the Healthy Minds Healthy Kids Council, a consortium of children's behavioral health advocacy organizations across New York State to help plan and create a first of its kind Community Speakout at Hands Across Long Island in Central Islip. This Speakout brought together caregivers and youth in order to begin to share challenges navigating the behavioral health system and to identify legislative priorities. From this beginning, the Healthy Minds Healthy Kids Stakeholder Council was formed, with meetings ongoing to identify issues we need to bring our voices to. 

The images below highlight some of the issues the Council will work to address.

Want to find out more about the council? Email Andrea Stolz at