Community Surveying Initiative: Mental Health Crisis & Policing Reform Campaign

Disability Justice, Health Justice, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

Community Surveying Initiative

NYLPI, in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC), Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY), and the Correct Crisis Intervention Today Coalition (CCITNYC), spearheaded a community surveying initiative, which focused on the ongoing police brutality on community members in mental health crises.  Through this community surveying initiative, we gathered vital information to investigate issues concerning requests for help during a mental health crisis* to convey information about patterns, trends, and shortcomings of the current system truthfully and fairly to the public and in the public interest. We had also hoped to gather ideas and recommendations from directly impacted community members to inform and shape our agendas and strategies to ensure a City-wide, public health-focused option for communities.

This is was an anonymous survey. *A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s actions, feelings, and behaviors can lead to them hurting themselves or others, and/or put them at risk of being unable to care for themselves or function in the community in a healthy manner.

NYLPI is grateful to everyone who took the time to participate in the community survey project, which has been concluded. To read NYLPI’s Survey Report, please go to:  

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We have developed a thorough resource document with information on available mental health services in the New York City metro-area, Know Your Rights information and ways to engage with this work. Please click below to access the translated resource documents.



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In collaboration with our partners, we seek to change the City’s response to people experiencing mental health crisis and remove the police as the first responders. To learn more of our work around this critical effort, please click here.

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