NY Daily News Publishes NYLPI Op-Ed: How to Respond to Mental Health Crises

December 22, 2021

CCIT-NYC, Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Health Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

A man holding his head in his hands under a bridge

The New York Daily News published an important op-ed, “How to Respond to Mental Health Crises,” by NYLPI’s own Mackenzie Arnold and Ruth Lowenkron.  It outlines a plan to transform the City’s response to people in mental health crisis – from one using police to one emphasizing healthcare.

“Every day, hundreds of New Yorkers in crisis are detained, sedated, involuntarily hospitalized or otherwise confronted by police because, at present, force is the default response to mental health crises.”

We need a better system, and our coalition has a plan.

New Yorkers have long called for a mental health crisis response system that prioritizes the well-being of those it serves, rather than a system that treats them as criminals.

Mayor-elect Adams: You have a chance to answer those calls. Please don’t waste it.

Click here to read the entire piece.  Read more about our campaign to transform mental health crisis response here.

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