New York City Implementing Police Alternative for Mental Health Calls

A new pilot program in New York City will allow mental health and crisis workers to respond to mental health emergencies instead of law enforcement. “For the first time in our city’s history, health responders will be the default responders for a person in crisis, making sure those struggling with mental illness receive the help they need,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. Currently, New York police officers and emergency medical technicians respond to nearly all 911 calls involving a mental health issue, regardless of whether there is a risk of violence. This program is projected to be implemented in February of 2021. More of this story here.

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