Saving Lives, Reducing Trauma: Removing Police from NYC’s Mental Health Crisis ResponseOctober 18, 2021
Monday marked the five-year anniversary of the fatal police shooting of Deborah Danner, one of 18 people killed by police while experiencing a mental health crisis in New York City since 2015. In New York City, police are the longstanding de facto first responders to mental health crises, and the repeated violent encounters with people experiencing a crisis show that the police are not equipped to de-escalate and safely address mental health crises.
NYLPI, in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC), Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) and Correct Crisis Intervention Today NYC (CCIT-NYC), formulated and conducted the survey in support of our work to transform the City’s mental health crisis response system by shifting from a police-based response to health professionals and trained peers (those with lived mental health experience).
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