Mayor Adams directs NYPD, first responders to involuntarily take mentally ill to hospitals

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On Tuesday, Eric Adams the mayor of New York City, issued a directive that would allow emergency responders to transport resumed mentally ill people to hospitals involuntarily.

  • GOTHAMIST – The move could allow non-medical professionals, such as police officers, to request such removals from streets and subways based on their judgment of a person’s inability to meet basic needs for health and safety, the mayor’s office said. This can happen whether or not the person poses an overt danger to themselves or others.
  • NEW YORK POST – Following a string of horrifying subway attacks, Mayor Eric Adams dramatically expanded the city’s ability to involuntarily commit New Yorkers with chronic and untreated mental illness.
  • CNN – New York Police Department officers and first responders will get additional training to help them make such evaluations and a team of mental health technicians will be available, either via a hotline or video chat, to help them determine whether a person needs to be taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
  • CBS NEWS – The New York Civil Liberties Union accused the mayor of playing fast and loose with legal rights of New Yorkers, calling his plan a page from the failed Giuliani playbook.