NYC's plan to address mental health

New York City Mayor Eric Adams held a Q&A Nov. 29 to discuss the city's mental healthcare reform plans. 

The mayor's office has developed an 11-point legislative agenda to be rolled out in 2023, including a new initiative to involuntarily hospitalize anyone with mental health issues who poses a threat to themselves or others, according to the mayor's website. The city will work to have a basic needs standard for these interventions written into state law. 

The agenda also includes new training for the city's Mobile Crisis Teams and law enforcement on how to deal with mental health crises, a new hotline staffed by clinicians, and clinicians who will be paired up with law enforcement. 

Hospitals in New York will also be required to screen all psychiatric patients for eligibility of Kendra's Law, court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment for individuals who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. 

The city has also launched the B-HEARD program that connects social workers and emergency medical technicians with nonviolent 911 calls.

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