PATCH NYC: NYPD Systematically Fails NYers in Mental Health Crisis

January 5, 2022

Baerga v. City of New York, Disability Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

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Patch NYC covered Baerga v. City of New York – a class action lawsuit filed by NYLPI and Co-Counsel to remove the NYPD from mental health crisis response. The lawsuit identifies New York’s systemic failures that disproportionately harm New Yorkers with mental disabilities. The article focuses on the suit brought forth by a coalition that includes the organizations Community Access, Correct Crisis Intervention Today – NYC (CCIT-NYC), and National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City and their recommendations for a comprehensive plan to address crises without police intervention. 

Marinda van Dalen, a staff attorney at NYLPI, stated:

“Mental health crises are not matters for law enforcement. They are healthcare issues that must be appropriately handled by health professionals, rather than police, whose involvement routinely causes more trauma.”

Learn more about Baerga v. City of New York, on our website.

Read full coverage at Patch NYC.

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