New York City to test no-police mental crisis response


To mental health crisis calls normally handled by the police. The pilot program will dispatch teams of firefighters he empties and social workers. Instead of police officers. It will begin in three Harlem police precincts that together accounted for over 7400 mental health related 911 calls last year. Police will still respond to calls and calls involving a weapon or imminent risk of harm. Mental health advocates have hailed the idea but expressed some reservations about how the city is structuring it. Governor Phil Murphy will present

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