CBS NEWS NY: Ruth Lowenkron Featured in Segment On Jordan Neely and Mayor Adams’ Involuntary Mental Health Directive

May 12, 2023

Baerga v. City of New York, Disability Justice, Health Justice, Media Coverage, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

City Hall Rally for Mental Health Crisis Response


Ruth Lowenkron, NYLPI’s director of Disability Justice, was featured on CBS News NY in a segment about mental health in New York City titled “Jordan Neely’s death brings more scrutiny to New York City’s mental health crisis.”

In a speech this week, Adams stressed that the city has a Mobile Crisis Team, including social workers, that can arrange for people… to be taken to a hospital, in some cases, against their will.

That coercive nature builds resistance and an ‘I’ll-stay-away-from-services-even-if there-are-services’ kind of an approach,” said Ruth Lowenkron, director of [NYLPI’s] Disability Justice Program.

Watch the full segment on CBS News NY here.

Learn more about NYLPI’s campaign to Transform New York’s Mental Health Crisis Response here.

Read coverage about Baerga v. City of New York here.

Photo: NYLPI staff and coalition partners at a Peers Not Police rally.

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