NY1 Spectrum News: Ruth Lowenkron on Mental Health Crisis Response

February 1, 2022

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

A police officer with his back turned.


NYLPI’s Director of Disability Justice Ruth Lowenkron appeared on NY1 Spectrum News to discuss the trial against the sergeant who fatally shot Deborah Danner and NYLPI’s lawsuit against NYC over the city’s deadly response to mental health crises. 

“911 is operated by the police, and as soon as the police operator – the dispatcher – at 911 hears that there is a problem that might be as a result of a mental health crisis, immediately the police are called. That’s the problem right there.

…. It’s not the police that should be the first responders to mental health crisis, but rather a team of health care responders. It’s a health care crisis, it requires health care responders, not the police.”

Lowenkron’s full interview with NY1 is available below.


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