On November 28, 2022, a new plan from Mayor Eric Adams gave outreach workers and first response teams the legal authority to remove mentally ill people from city streets and place them into hospitals.
The new Clinical Co-Response Teams include NYPD, FDNY, and staff from the Department of Health and Department of Mental Hygiene. The teams will legally be able to to remove a mentally ill person from the streets and place them in a hospital if their mental illness prevents them from meeting their own basic needs. While some, like the mayor, believe this is a solution, others disagree.
Our Chief Programming Officer, Eileen Sunshine, spoke on the new legislative plans with News12 Brooklyn and the impact it will have on community-based organizations, like Bridging Access to Care.
Watch the footage here.