NYPD sued for response to mental health crises


Another complainant, Giovanna Sanchez-Esquivel, said she was involuntarily committed to a hospital by armed NYPD agents after her boyfriend allegedly called 911 and claimed she was having a “manic episode,” according to the report. complaint.

The New York City Legal Department is reviewing the case.

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a nonprofit law firm that represents plaintiffs, said in a statement that it wanted the city to implement a new crisis response program independent of the NYPD and staffed with ‘qualified staff. emergency counselors with mental health experience. The group has also called a dedicated crisis call hotline that can serve as an alternative to 911.

The Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health was established under Blasio’s administration to help coordinate a whole-of-government approach to mental health that spans municipal agencies.

“We have placed clinicians in places of dire need that they have never been before – including family shelters, residences and drop-in centers for homeless and runaway youth, centers for older people – to extend prevention and early intervention, ”said a city hall official. “And, we have significantly expanded services for New Yorkers living with severe mental illness, including more supportive housing, new mobile treatment teams, expanded mobile crisis teams, commitment to health and an increase in club membership. ”


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