When Will New York Take Action?
Beset by hallucinations, Bronx resident Jakim Jeter pushed a commuter in front of a moving train earlier this month. Jeter, who understood that he was seriously disturbed, had begged his doctor at Montefiore Medical Center to commit him to a psychiatric hospital; his parents had sought help for their son for more than a year. The man Jeter pushed was not killed, but his life was spared by luck, not by an effective mental-illness policy.
The Facts You Need to Know
Subway: Kendra’s Law, enacted after a deadly subway pushing in 1999, is designed to treat seriously mentally ill people like Jakim Jeter without institutionalizing them. Read more.
Thrive: New York City’s ThriveNYC program has directed hundreds of millions of dollars into mental “wellness” services while ignoring the severely mentally ill. Read more.
Jail: Lacking treatment options, more mentally ill people wind up in the city’s jail system. Read more.
“New York would be better served by a mental illness policy that focused more on addressing untreated serious mental illness.”
Should judges mandate treatment for serious mental illness? This week on #InFocusNY1 with @CherylWillsNY1, @NMalliotakis and @stephendeide of @ManhattanInst talk about the fight to make Kendra's Law permanent. They say the law is working, and it's time for @NYGov to own it. pic.twitter.com/HnC9KG9npV— Spectrum News NY1 (@NY1) October 28, 2018
The Past is Present
“A new bill would improve care for the mentally ill.”
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