When Will New York Take Action?

The Story

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.”

Stephen Eide, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

Featured Video

DJ Jaffe and Stephen Eide join John Stossel to talk about how America’s health-care system fails the severely mentally ill in cities across the country.

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Time to Strengthen Kendra’s Law By DJ Jaffe (Spring 2011)

“A new bill would improve care for the mentally ill.”

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