New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced an initiative to give the city room to unwittingly hospitalize severely mentally ill people on the city’s subways and streets.
“My administration is determined to do more to help people with mental illness, especially untreated psychotic disorders.” It is unacceptable to see.For too long there has been a gray area of unclear policy, law and accountability that has allowed those in need to slip through the cracks.”
Former police officer Adams said the city will train emergency medical services staff and other medical personnel to “ensure compassionate care.” He said the policy he’s proposing “explicitly states” when it’s appropriate for people with mental illness to be hospitalized using this process, even if they don’t want to go.
Paramedics already have the ability to unwittingly hospitalize people suffering from mental illness in certain limited circumstances, but patients are often released days after the immediate danger seems over. .
Adams said the law “requires hospital assessors not only how the person is behaving at the moment of the assessment, but also their treatment history, recent behavior in the community, and readiness to comply with outpatient treatment.” He said he would work to create new “basic needs” standards for involuntary immigration into state law.
But the situation is getting worse as the city is running out of psychiatric hospital beds., which hit public hospitals particularly hard. Adams declined to give details of plans to increase the number of beds in city hospitals.
The mayor’s announcement was taken with caution by civil rights groups and homeless advocates..
A coalition of community groups, including the Legal Aid Society and several community-based advocacy services, said the mayor was correct in referring to “decades of dysfunction” in mental health care. , called for legislation to address this crisis and provide people with mental health problems with treatment instead of prison.
Growing concerns about crime, and some We released a report earlier this month He said the city wasn’t doing enough to help those suffering from mental illness. But it’s not about getting law enforcement involved,” he said.in the , spotlighted the city’s mental health crisis. City public advocate Jumaan Williams said: