NYLPI Blasts Governor’s Proposed Amendments to Mental Health BudgetFebruary 10, 2021
Lowenkron pointed to numerous best practices strategies that are “less invasive models of care” and urged the Legislature to invest in in these models to “avoid the tragedy and enormous cost of forced treatment.” The testimony also highlighted that the amendments would violate New York’s Mental Hygiene Law, as well as the state and federal Constitutions, by allowing for those merely suspected of “neglect of basic needs for food, clothing, shelter or personal safety” to be committed to a psychiatric hospital and allowing for forced outpatient commitment based on the mere statement of a doctor.
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