Tell the Mayor and City Council to Prioritize #MentalHealthCareNotPolice!June 23, 2020
Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Health Justice, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response
NYLPI and Correct Crisis Intervention Today-NYC (CCIT-NYC) are asking the Mayor and the City Council to redirect $3.3 million in NYPD funding to a critical pilot project – starting in two high-needs NYC precincts – that would divert mental health crisis calls away from law enforcement and to special mental health teams consisting of a peer (a person with lived mental health experience) and an emergency medical technician (EMT). The pilot, modeled after the highly successful CAHOOTS program in Oregon, would finally deliver a public health response to the 200,000 calls the City receives annually for mental health crises. Please contact City leadership to demand funding for this important pilot in the FY21 NYC Budget.
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