Advisory: NYC, NYS Officials Join Coalition to Back Improved NYPD Mental Health Response

**MEDIA ADVISORY**

Contacts: 

Carla Rabinowitz (212) 780-1400, ext. 7726; 917-826-6747(cell);  crabinowitz@communityaccess.org

John Williams (212) 780-1400, ext. 7772 jwilliams@communityaccess.org

 

 

NYC Councilmembers Rosie Mendez and Albert Vann Join Fellow Officials and the Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams Coalition to Call for a Resolution to Improve Police Responses to 911 Calls Involving Individuals With Mental Health Concerns   

  

(New York, NY) On Wednesday, September 25 at noon, Councilmember Rosie Mendez joins the Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (CCIT NYC)—a coalition of 30 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens—to call for the creation of specially trained crisis teams that can partner with police officers to help better respond to the 100,000 “emotionally disturbed person” calls the NYPD receives each year.  

 

Crisis Intervention Teams have proven to be effective resources in cities around the United States and are vital to minimizing violence and trauma that people in emotional crisis often experience as a result of interactions with the police.  Through establishing a new approach to NYPD mental health recipient encounters, the effort would improve safety and security for citizens in crisis and NYPD officers.

  

WHO:

Councilmember Rosie Mendez

Councilmember Albert Vann

Councilmember Jumaane Williams

New York State Senator Kevin Parker

Councilmember Carmen Arroyo

 

and

Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (ccit nyc)

Steve Coe, CEO, Community Access

Carla Rabinowitz, Community Access

Wendy Brennan, Executive Director, NAMI NYC-Metro

Jim Mutton, Director of Residential Services, Project Renewal

Dustin Grose, Catholic Charities

Rights of Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities

New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services

 

WHEN: Wednesday, September 25, 2013    12:00 p.m.

WHERE:  City Hall steps   New York, NY  10007

 

 

For more information, visit:  www.ccitnyc.org or Google “ccit nyc”