Remembrance for 9 people we lost due to police encounters in last two years

Rally on Steps of City Hall, Manhattan

WHEN: Friday, February 23, 2018
TIME: Noon sharp
LOCATION:Manhattan City Hall Steps

We can Not THRIVE if we can not Stay Alive
Hear from advocates, family members, and friends about those we lost in police encounters.

We continue our call for NYC to create a comprehensive CIT, which is more than police training.

We demand the Mayor address mental health police encounters comprehensively as he did with THRIVE campaing

We need Mayor de Blasio to revive his 2014 Taskforce on Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice,
to arrive at new non police solutions to this growing epidemic of deaths.

A Conversation with NYPD Civilian Complaint Review Board

WHEN: Friday, July 14, 2017
TIME: 1.30 p .m.
LOCATION: Community Access, 2 Washington Street, 9th Fl., NY 10004

Hear from the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) and NYPD on what a person in mental health distress could do when confronted by police.

Check out this flyer for more info.

CIT Speak out at Manhattan City Hall
Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: Noon sharp
Manhattan City Hall Steps
New York, N.Y.

Join fellow advocates, those impacted and elected officials as we
call for a change in the way NYPD responds to calls of those in emotional distress

No reservations needed

For questions call Carla Rabinowitz at 212-780-1400 x7726 or

closest trains 4,5,6 to City Hall
R to City Hall

Bronx CIT Forum: A Progress report on CIT in NYC
Monday, June 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Pregones Theatre
571 Walton Avenue (near 149th Street and Grand Concourse)

Join John Volpe of NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Chief Tobin of NYPD as they discuss the new initiatives the NYPD and City are starting to cope with NYPD contact with those in severe emotional distress.

Reservations are mandatory as seating is limited

Contact Carla at or 212-780-1400 x7726

If you can not make the June 13 event, Stay tuned for other events to come to remind the Mayor that we all care about his promise of Crisis Intervention Teams in NYC

Feb19CIT PRESS CONFERENCE                                       with Senator Kevin Parker                                   WHEN: Wednesday, February 19, @ 11 a.m. WHERE: City Hall Steps, New York, N.Y.

PRINT FLYER: Press conference February 19

CIT Flyer

Take the 4/5/6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge; the 2/3 to Park Place; the J/Z to Chambers Street; or the R to City Hall

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Past Events

September 21, 2013: Press Conference at City Hall

On September 25, 2013 the Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams held a Press Conference at City Hall.

Media coverage:


  • Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Brad Lander, Jumaane Williams, and Margaret Chin.
  • Hawa Bah and Randolph McClaughlin, mother and lawyer of Mohammed Bah, a victim of police response to EDP call, as well as Dustin Grose who was injured during a police encounter.
  • Mental health recipients, family members, providers, and people who believe in civil rights; whether they had been mistreated by police or had positive stories to tell of how police can interact with our community.

What We Accomplished:

  • We, Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (CCIT), called for creation of specially trained crisis teams that can respond to “Emotionally Disturbed Person” calls.
  • We emphasized that too many mental health recipients are being mistreated and even killed by untrained police officers.

Looking forward:

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4 Responses to Events

  1. I am a graduate of Howie The Harp and would love to learn more and become a part if this solution please give me more information on how I can become apart if CCIT Thanks!

  2. Please add me to mailing list. I want to be involve with your organization

  3. This is a great concept and I will do all I can to support this mission. As a criminal justice practitioner, I want to be a part.

  4. I think this is an excellent concept and as a criminal justice practitioner and civil rights activist I want to support this mission.

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