Launch of the pilot mental health intervention program this spring

Launch of the pilot mental health intervention program this spring

It’s a major change in the way the city responds to people with a mental health emergency: if the person is non-violent, the NYPD usually won’t be part of the response.

“The new mental health response teams will be jointly managed by H + H and FDNY EMS,” said Susan Herman, director of Thrive NYC, the city’s mental health program. “They talk to each other several times a day; they will be collocated. “

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  • De Blasio administration briefed city council on the plan during a hearing on Monday
  • Social workers and paramedics, not police agents, will respond to calls regarding non-violent mental health emergencies
  • So far, the NYPD has been part of the city’s response to people with mental health crisis
  • The city said 911 and 311 operators will be trained in the new protocols, and the goal is to expand the non-police response teams throughout the city as soon as possible

Blasio’s administration briefed city council on the plan during a hearing on Monday. Each response team will consist of three members: a social worker from New York City Health and Hospitals and two EMTs from FDNY.

Until now, the NYPD was part of the city …

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