As a member of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health, Barbara worked for improvements in Mental Health policy. She was a sponsor of and voted for Timothy’s Law, a groundbreaking measure, which brought parity for mental health treatment in New York.
She fought against budget cuts to Mental Health services and for a COLA for people who work in community residences with our most vulnerable New Yorkers.
She supported the implementation of the US Supreme Court’s Olmstead Decision, with the understanding that comprehensive plans are in place to make sure that people have the services and supports they need in the community. She has expressed great concern, however, over the shut-down of area psychiatric centers, which provide critical services for her district and are, in some cases, the least-restrictive setting for some clients, at least until appropriate community residences are developed, with full wrap-around services.