NYC becomes involuntarily mentally ill to curb crime

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a new plan to involuntarily hospitalize some mentally ill individuals to help combat crime in the city.

“New York City Mayor Eric Adams today announced a new way to address the ongoing crisis of people suffering from serious mental illness who remain untreated and unprotected on the streets and subways of New York City.” , the mayor’s office said in a statement obtained by news week. “In accordance with state law and precedent, Mayor Adams’ policy clarifies that outreach workers, city-operated hospitals and first responders have the legal authority to care for New Yorkers when a serious mental illness prevents them from taking care of their own.” to satisfy basic human needs to the extent that they endanger themselves.”

The statement also noted that Adam’s plan hopes to dispel a “myth” that “the legal standard for involuntary intervention requires an ‘obvious act’ that shows the person is violent, suicidal, or engaged in outrageously dangerous behavior.” involved, which is likely to result in immediate harm.”

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams tours the New York Stock Exchange during morning trading on November 17, 2022 in New York City. On Tuesday, Adams announced a plan that would allow city officials to involuntarily conscript some people with mental illness.
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Adams’ announcement comes as New York City continues to grapple with a crime wave. According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), there were over 114,000 criminal charges in 2022, including murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, grand larceny and grand theft auto. This compares to 90,727 complaints in the same period of 2021.

“For too long there has been a gray area where politics, law and accountability have not been clear and this has allowed people in need to slip through the grid. This culture of insecurity has resulted in unspeakable suffering and a deep frustration of not being able to move on,” Adams said when announcing his plan. “Going forward, our focus will be on action, caring and compassion. When a serious mental illness causes someone is unprotected and a danger to himself, we have a moral obligation to help him get the treatment and care he needs.”

“We can no longer deny the reality that untreated psychosis can be a cruel and all-consuming condition, often requiring involuntary intervention, supervised medical treatment and long-term care. We’re going to change the culture from the top down, and we’re taking every action to take care of those who need it,” Adams added.

In a joint statement news weekThe Legal Aid Society, Brooklyn Defender Services, The Bronx Defenders, New York County Defender Services and the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem welcomed Adams’ announcement.

“Instead of locking up people with underlying mental illnesses and related disorders and then leaving them to go through a messy and unsupported transition process when they are released into the community, mental health and drug treatment courts, along with the accompanying robust community services they provide, lead more public health and public safety,” the joint statement said. NYC becomes involuntarily mentally ill to curb crime

Rick Schindler

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