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Our activism and proposal, to remove police as responders to mental health crises in New York City, regularly attract the attention of mainstream media outlets and we are regularly called upon to share our expertise.


News 2021


Mayor de Blasio proposal of 911 calls answered by mental health pros aim to end deadly NYPD responses

New York Daily News | November 13, 2020

City to deploy mental health teams to some 911 calls instead of NYPD

NY1 | November 12, 2020

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams criticizes new de Blasio approach to 911 mental crises calls

Daily News New York | November 11, 2020

NYC To Experiment With Police-Free Response To Mental Health Calls

Gothamist | November 10, 2020

Mental health workers to take lead in some NYC 911 calls

Associated Press | November 10, 2020

The right - and wrong - way for authorities to respond to a mental health crisis

The Washington Post | October 23, 2020

The Bronx Social Justice and Anti-Violence Forums

BronxNet | October 16, 2020

NYPD Halts Training Program Meant to Help Police De-Escalate Encounters With People in Mental Health Crisis

WNYC | September 25, 2020

NYPD Abruptly Halts Training Program Meant To Help Police De-Escalate Encounters With People In Mental Health Crisis

Gothamist | September 25, 2020

Should police respond to mental health calls?

City & State | September 10, 2020

Police Still Respond to Mental Health Crisis 911 Calls. Advocates See Another Way

WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show | July 15, 2020

Why the $6 Billion N.Y.P.D. Is Now a Target of ‘Defund the Police’

New York Times | July 1, 2020

Defund the NYPD and Save Black and Brown Lives by Reforming Mental Health Crisis Response

Gotham Gazette | June 26, 2020

Black, Disabled and at Risk: The Overlooked Problem of Police Violence Against Americans with Disabilities

TIME Magazine | June 25, 2020

Where could redirected police funding go?

City & State | June 16, 2020

The NYPD Currently Responds To Mental Health Crisis 911 Calls. Advocates Have Another Approach

Gothamist | June 16, 2020

News 2020


Mayor's Mental Health Crisis Response Offers Weak Dose of Care, Advocates Warn

The City | October 22, 2019

Advocates Not Satisfied by Mayor's Plan to Stop Police Shootings of Mentally Ill

WNYC News | October 22, 2019

City Changing How Police Respond to People with Mental Health Issues

FOX 5 New York | October 23, 2019

NYC Makes Changes to Mental Health Calls

NY1 Spectrum News | October 23, 2019

Public Advocate Releases Report on Mental Health Crisis Response

News 12 | October 3, 2019

Evaluating Jumaane Williams’ proposal to reform mental health crisis response

City & State | September 25, 2019

De Blasio's Promised 'Comprehensive Strategy' for City Response to People in Mental Health Crisis is Well Behind Schedule

Gotham Gazette | August 23, 2019

'Mental Health Crisis, Don't Shoot!'

The Progressive | June 7, 2019

De Blasio should release delayed results of mental health task force

Politico PRO | April 4, 2019

Improving How NYC Responds to Individuals Experiencing Mental Health Crises

New Tang Dynasty Television | April 12, 2019 | Cantonese Language Coverage


Inside City Hall - Thrive NYC Discussion

NY1 Spectrum News | March 26, 2019

Communities for Crisis Intervention Team Training has some ideas to improve ThriveNYC

NYN Media | March 25, 2019

Chirlane McCray, de Blasio’s Wife, Is Questioned Over His ‘Revolutionary’ $1 Billion Mental Health Plan

The New York Times | March 22, 2019

NYPD’s Mental-Illness Response Breakdown

New Yorker Magazine: Intelligencer & The City | March 21, 2019

'You can't just snap out of a mental health crisis'

AM New York | January 21, 2019

New York Playbook: Dems back election reform — DE BLASIO lays out year's agenda — GILLIBRAND heads to Iowa

Politico: New York Playbook | January 11, 2019

News 2018


New York City Launches Task Force on Mentally Ill After Shootings

The Wall Street Journal | April 19, 2018

Families of mentally ill fear calling police may turn into deadly encounter

New York Daily News | April 05, 2018

City Convenes Task Force on Police Response to Mentally Ill in Crises

WNYC News | April 18, 2018

“You are missed”

The Bronx Free Press | April 16, 2018

Police Have a New Tool in Their Arsenal: Mental-Health Professionals

The Wall Street Journal | March 9, 2018

Mental health advocates call on NYPD to improve responses to ‘people in crisis’

Newsday | February 23, 2018

Mental health advocates call on NYPD to improve responses to ‘people in crisis’

AM New York | February 2019

Mental health advocates call on NYPD to improve responses to ‘people in crisis’

New Tang Dynasty Television | February 2019 | Cantonese Language Coverage

‘Not Guilty’ Danner Verdict Fuels Calls For Reform

Crain's New York Business | February 16, 2018

NYPD Sergeant Acquitted In Killing Of Bronx Woman

Patch: New York City | February 15, 2018

Advocates: Change NYPD Protocol for Emotionally Disturbed People

Observer | February 2, 2018


NYPD Releases Footage of Police Shooting Man Holding Knife

The Wall Street Journal | November 29, 2017

Advocates call for change in how NYPD deals with mentally ill

WABC | October 21, 2017

NYPD to Step Up Mental Health Crisis Training. But Is It Enough?

Crain's New York Business | October 19, 2017

Activists call on city to reactivate task force on mental health and policing on anniversary of fatal shooting

NY1 Spectrum News | October 18, 2017

NYPD training helps officers respond to calls involving mentally ill

FOX News | October 18, 2017

Anniversary Of Deborah Danner’s Death Spurs Efforts To Prevent Police Killings

Patch: New York City | October 18, 2017

Mental Health Advocate Sees Missed Opportunities in Fatal NYPD Shooting

DNA Info | October 18, 2017

NYPD has yet to train cops to deal with emotionally disturbed people one year after death of Deborah Danner, critics say

Daily News New York | October 18, 2017

Year after fatal shooting, NYPD training to deal with mentally ill

FOX 5 New York | October 17, 2017

One year after Deborah Danner’s death, a heavy burden on cops and all of us

Daily News Opinion | October 17, 2017

The First Fatal NYPD Encounter Caught on a Body Camera

WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show | September 15, 2017

Alternatives to 911 for Mental Health Crises

WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show | August 15, 2017

Shooting of Emotionally Disturbed Man Puts Focus on New Training

The New York Times | August 1, 2017

NYPD says Brooklyn Man, Fatally Shot by Officer, Lunged with a Knife

WNYC News | July 31, 2017

As NYPD Trained on Mental Illness, a Call Ended in Shooting

U.S. News & World Report | June 2, 2017

Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Bronx Woman Highlights Problem in Police Procedure, Advocates Say

WNYC News | June 6, 2017

Tasers won’t solve police shootings

AM New York | January 9, 2017

News 2018 & 2017
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