Policing and Mental Health Crises

Criminal Justice, Disability Justice, Health Justice, Policing and Mental Health Crises

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Each year, the New York Police Department responds to approximately 150,000 calls relating to people experiencing mental health crises. When police act as first responders for people in mental health crisis, further trauma, ineffective care and violence—sometimes deadly–result. In collaboration with our partners we seek to change the City’s response to people experiencing mental health crisis and remove the police as the first responders. We are organizing and collaborating with directly impacted communities and their supporters for policy and legal strategies leading to a more appropriate, comprehensive, and community-based response system.

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