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Cops Still Handling Most 911 Mental Health Calls Despite Efforts to Keep Them Away

A pilot program aimed at reducing potentially volatile police interactions with people in mental health crises got off to a bumpy start, with cops still responding to the vast majority of 911 calls, THE CITY has learned. The program, part of Mayor de Blasio’s much-criticized $1 billion ThriveNYC program, started June 6 in three Harlem […]

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Public Advocate Blasts Delays on de Blasio’s Mental Health ‘Diversion Centers’

Public Advocate Jumanne Williams wants an explanation about what’s holding up Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for cops to bring individuals in mental-health distress to professionally staffed “diversion centers” instead of hospital emergency rooms or jail. De Blasio originally announced the diversion center plan in 2014, his first year as mayor. As he gets set […]

Posted inThriveNYC

Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC Mental Health Program Gets a Reboot

Sign up for “THE CITY Scoop,” our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. City officials this week are unveiling an overhaul of first lady Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC mental health project — cutting programs, establishing new goals and putting a greater emphasis on people with serious mental illness. […]

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Local Concerns Over NYPD Plan to Take Mentally Ill to New ThriveNYC Clinics

Sign up for “THE CITY Scoop,” our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. In the coming weeks, police responding to mental health-related 911 calls in two New York City neighborhoods are due to begin a grand experiment. For the first time, cops will drop off people experiencing […]

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San Antonio ‘Crisis Cops’ Deliver NYPD Lessons on Dealing with Mentally Ill

Sign up for “THE CITY Scoop,” our daily newsletter where we send you stories like this first thing in the morning. When veteran cops Joe Smarro and Ernie Stevens respond to a potentially volatile 911 call involving a person experiencing a mental health crisis, they’re usually not wearing the uniform of the San Antonio Police […]