Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Health Justice

A mural panel in violet and red depicting a person having a mental health crisis in front of a background of police with guns drawn. Text reads: Visions for a Just NYC. October 2021. 87 River Street, Brooklyn NY, 11249.

PROBLEM

Each year, the NYPD responds to more than ~200,000 calls relating to people experiencing mental health crises. When police act as first responders for people in mental health crisis, further trauma, ineffective care, violence— and all too often death—result.

VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE

  • Stopping the ongoing police brutality on community members experiencing mental health crises.
  • Removing the police as the first responders to people experiencing mental health crises.
  • Creating an appropriate, comprehensive, and community-based response system.

ACTION

  • Take action today and tell the City Council to prioritize mental health care not police.

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Alternatives to Mental Health Crises Response and Policing Campaign

Each year, the New York Police Department responds to approximately 200,000 calls relating to people experiencing mental health crises. When police act as first responders for people in mental health crisis, further trauma, ineffective care and violence—sometimes deadly—result. In collaboration with our partners we seek to change the City’s response to people experiencing mental health crisis and remove the police as the first responders. We are organizing and collaborating with directly impacted communities and their supporters for policy and legal strategies leading to a more appropriate, comprehensive, and community-based response system.

Community Surveying Initiative 

NYLPI, in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI), Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL NYC) and the Correct Crisis Intervention Today Coalition (CCITNYC), are spearheading a community surveying initiative, which focuses on addressing the ongoing police brutality on community members in mental health crises.  

To learn more about the Community Surveying Initiative, click here.

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