Sakeena Trice Submitted Testimony to NY City Council, Urging Significant Changes to BHEARD and Ending Involuntary Removal Policy

March 21, 2024

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Sakeena Trice, senior staff attorney, Disability Justice Program at NYLPI, submitted testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction.

“NYLPI urges the City Council to mandate significant changes in the Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division Program (B-HEARD), as it is a deeply flawed pilot which merely purports to be a non-police response to people experiencing mental health crises – but in fact is part of the long tradition of policing, criminalizing, and under- and mis-serving people with mental disabilities. Funding B-HEARD in its current guise diverts money from what we need – a true non- police crisis response system that dispatches teams of peers (those with lived mental health experience) and emergency medical technicians who are not City employees, 24/7 operating hours, calls routed through 988, and above all, prioritizes the self-determination of people with mental disabilities.”

Read/download the full testimony here.

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