WXXI NEWS NPR: Ruth Lowenkron Discusses Daniel’s Law Pilot, the Importance of Peers with Lived Experience Helping Handle Mental Health Crises

March 18, 2024

Baerga v. City of New York, CCIT-NYC, Disability Justice, Health Justice, Media Coverage, News, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Response

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Ruth Lowenkron, director of Disability Justice at NYLPI, was featured in a WXII News story about the Daniel’s Law pilot funding moving forward in the New York State Legislature.

A longtime advocate on this issue, Ruth Lowenkron of the organization New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, said that group has been involved in advocating for Daniel’s Law, and also on behalf of changes that would affect the way police respond to similar incidents in New York City. Lowenkron said that peers, individuals with “lived mental health experience” are the right people to respond to these types of incidents. She said that there are times police should be called in, but only in specific circumstances.

“On the rare occasion, that what was called a mental health crisis, (and) is what I call a ‘mental health crisis-plus,’ that it also has a public safety element, someone is threatening imminent harm to someone else, wielding a weapon or the like, that’s when police can be called in,” said Lowenkron.

Read more via WXXI News NPR.

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