Another plaintiff, Giovanna Sanchez-Esquivel, said she was forcibly admitted to hospital by armed NYPD officers after her boyfriend allegedly called 911 to say she was having a “manic episode,” the complaint said.
The case is being reviewed by the New York City Legal Department.
New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a nonprofit civil rights law firm that represents the plaintiffs, said in a statement that it wants the city to implement a new crisis response program that is independent of the NYPD and staffed with qualified personnel. crisis counselors with experience in mental health. The group has also called a dedicated crisis hotline that can serve as an alternative to 911.
The City Hall’s Office of Mental Health was created under the de Blasio administration to help coordinate a nationwide approach to mental health this covers city agencies.
“We have placed doctors in places they’ve never been before, including family shelters, residences and admissions centers for homeless and runaway young people, centers for the elderly, to expand prevention and early intervention options,” – said the representative of the mayor’s office. “And we have significantly expanded services for New Yorkers living with serious mental illness, including with more welcoming housing, new mobile therapy teams, expanded mobile crisis teams, health engagement teams and more club members.”