Daniel’s Law Pilot Funding Included in 2025 One-House Budget, New York One Step Closer to a Non-Police Mental Health Crisis Response Program

March 18, 2024

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Photo of legislators, family of police violence victims and advocates gathering at City Hall in Albany for Daniel's Law Advocacy Day 2024.

The $2 million in necessary funding to establish a Daniel’s Law pilot has moved forward in the New York State Legislature, with the amount being allocated in both One-House Budgets. Now the State Senate, Assembly, and Governor Kathy Hochul must agree on a final version of the Fiscal Year 2025 Budget before the pilot can take effect.

 Senator Samra BroukDaniel’s Law sponsor and Chair of the Senate Committee on Mental Health, issued the following statement:

“Following years of advocacy, New Yorkers are one step closer toward a more compassionate and just crisis response system. As FY ’25 state budget negotiations continue, State Senator Samra Brouk and Assemblymember Harry Bronson have successfully advocated for the inclusion of a $2 million Daniel’s Law Pilot Program, in both the Senate and Assembly “’One House”’ Budgets.”

The Daniel’s Law Coalition released the following statement:

“Implementation of a pilot program will demonstrate that it is possible to provide a culturally competent response, led by peers (individuals with lived mental health experience), to those experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. The pilot program will help establish best practices that can serve as a model as we move toward the statewide implementation of Daniel’s Law.

As we mark the four-year anniversary of the death of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died of asphyxiation after being restrained by police officers during a mental health crisis in Rochester, the Daniel’s Law Coalition asks legislators to honor Daniel Prude by establishing a statewide approach that centers peer-led and culturally competent responses to mental health and substance use crises.

We urge Governor Hochul and our state legislators to keep the $2 million in the final budget.”

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Photo: Legislators, family members and advocates gathering at City Hall in Albany for Daniel’s Law Advocacy Day 2024.

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