Tell the City Council to Prioritize #MentalHealthCareNotPolice!June 1, 2021
Disability Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response
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!
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