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.