Al Día: NYPD Mental Health Emergency Pilot

August 12, 2021

News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

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Al Día reported on the early results of the Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division (B-HEARD) program. While citing some successes, Al Día noted concerns voiced by Ruth Lowenkron, director of the Disability Justice Program regarding the efficacy of the program.

From Al Día:

Lowenkron told USA Today that in 2015 there were 18 people who experienced a mental health crisis in NYC and died during police encounters.

“We’re talking about lives here,” Lowenkron said.

She wants to see more data on who is being hospitalized, noting that in most cases, a hospital is not the most ideal space for those in crisis.

“What are their circumstances? What caused you to determine that they needed to be transported to a hospital in that large number? And then, what happened to them when they got to the hospital?” Lowenkron asked.

Read the full article here.

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