NY: Mental Health Program Run by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Wife Has Trouble Explaining What Happened to $850 Million

Chirlane McCray, wife of NY Mayor Bill de Blasio, Youtube
Days after for-left New York Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted his Renewal Schools wasted $773 million over five years, lawmakers learned that the ThriveNYC program for the mentally ill, run by his wife, Chirlane McCray, blew through $850 million in just four years with questionable results.  Thrive will receive an additional $1 billion over the next four years despite its failure to account for where much of the money was spent.  New York outsources many of its social services to community-based non-profit organizations that, in turn, support the Mayor.

Days after Mayor Bill de Blasio admitted his Renewal Schools wasted $773 million over five years, lawmakers learned that his wife’s high-profile ThriveNYC program for the mentally ill blew through $850 million in just four years, with scant evidence it has helped those it targets.

Sure, Thrive might’ve boosted first lady Chirlane McCray’s profile. She practically confessed her plans to use the program as a path to elected office: “I want [ThriveNYC] to be successful . . . and then figure out what comes next,” she said in 2018, as she acknowledged eyeing some 2021 bid for office.

Yet, as The Post reported Thursday, officials can’t show that Thrive has had much impact on the mentally ill. They can’t even cite details on what the $850 million bought, even though Thrive is getting $1 billion more to spend over the next four years.

At a City Council hearing Wednesday, lawmakers blasted the program. “The situation [with the mentally ill in New York] is not improving. It’s actually getting worse,” warned Robert Holden (D-Queens).

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