NYLPI Testifies to Committee on Public Safety on the Urgent Need to Remove Police from Mental Health Crisis Response System 

September 30, 2021

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Legislative, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

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Mia Soto, Health Justice Community Organizer, presented testimony to the NYC Council regarding the critical need to reduce the responsibility of the New York Police Department by completely eliminating the role of the police as responders in New York City’s system for responding to individuals who are experiencing mental health crises. NYLPI and our coalition partner, Correct Crisis Intervention Today – NYC (CCIT-NYC), demand that New York City ensure that individuals who experience a mental health crisis receive appropriate services to de-escalate their crisis and ensure their wellbeing and that of all other New Yorkers.  

Our recommendations are supported by the data collected and analyzed through our Community Surveying Initiative. NYLPI and our community partners developed and distributed an anonymous survey between September 2020 to June 2021 to gather information about people’s experiences with the police when they sought help during a mental health crisis.  The data supports what we already know- police are not suited to deal with individuals experiencing a mental health crisis. We anticipate releasing our report, Saving Lives, Reducing Trauma: Removing Police from New York City’s Mental Health Crisis Response, with the survey results in October. Now is the time for major transformations. Now is the time for NYC to remove the police as responders to mental health crises. 

You can read the full testimony here.  

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