NYN Media: Ruth Lowenkron Featured in Story Regarding Daniel’s Law Pilot Updates, States “It Literally Will Save Lives”

March 21, 2024

Baerga v. City of New York, CCIT-NYC, Daniel's Law, Disability Justice, Health Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

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Ruth Lowenkron, director of Disability Justice at NYLPI, was featured in a NYN Media story about the proposed allocation of $2 million towards a Daniel’s Law pilot program.

“This is only a piece of what is needed to make sure that we as a society, are doing the bare minimum for people with mental health diagnoses, it literally will save lives. It’s a way of helping people and the public recognizing that people with psychiatric disabilities and mental health issues, using the words interchangeably, can be assisted simply by having a well trained peer responding, a peer who’s been there, done that, and knows how to de-escalate and I think that in and of itself shows you mental health is just not that scary thing.

This will have a very important effect on moving Daniel’s Law along, so it will show New Yorkers, it will show the legislators how things can be done in New York. We are confident that what can be what has been done across the country can easily be brought to New York. But we know that there’s no better way of proving it to the legislators, to the public, than to have that kind of a pilot.”

Read the full story via Nonprofit Media News.

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