Tell the City Council to Prioritize #MentalHealthCareNotPolice!

June 1, 2021

Disability Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

The scores of people experiencing mental health crises who have died at the hands of the police over the years is a microcosm of the police brutality that is being protested around the world today. In the last five years alone, the New York Police Department killed 18 individuals who were experiencing a mental health crisis, and, 15 – or greater than 80% – of those killed were people of color.

This must end. The time to act is now!

Although we applaud the Mayor’s allocation of $112M to fund a city-wide mental health crisis response system with the goal of limiting police as responders, we need to ensure that individuals who experience a mental health crisis receive appropriate services to de-escalate the crisis and ensure their wellbeing and the wellbeing of all other New Yorkers. Only those who are trained in de-escalation practices should respond to a mental health crisis, and the most appropriate individuals to respond are trained peers (those with lived mental health experience) and health care providers.

We need a healthcare response to mental health crises, not police!

Correct Crisis Intervention Today – NYC (CCIT-NYC), a coalition of more than 80 mental health advocacy and other community organizations, consisting of hundreds of community stakeholders, reiterates the need for a mental health crisis response system that incorporates the latest standards in crisis de-escalation, and is responsive to the concerns of affected communities, especially communities of color.

Now is the time for major transformations; lives are literally at stake. We need your support!

Click here to submit testimony to City Council’s Finance Committee.

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