How to respond to mental health crises

The full extent of the problem is even greater. Every day, hundreds of New Yorkers in crisis are locked up, drugged, involuntarily hospitalized or confronted by police, because power is currently the default response to mental health crises. When members of the community were asked in a recent survey conducted by New York attorneys in the public interest, they highlighted how traumatic this system has been, describing police responses that have been confrontational and coercive, escalating rather than mitigating risks. Obviously, none of the community members surveyed reported receiving the long-term support they needed to manage their mental health needs.

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