City Hall has lastly determined that its new program to divert non-violent mental health calls from the NYPD will launch in Harlem and East Harlem — three months after rolling out the brand new program with so few particulars the hassle didn’t also have a identify.
The new initiative can have specifically educated groups of Fire Department paramedics and metropolis social staff reply to reviews of non-violent emotional misery in the 25th, 28th and 32nd Precincts, which cowl each Upper Manhattan neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods have been first reported by New York 1.
The pilot program was initially supposed to launch in February, which is sort of over.
Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to present an replace when pressed throughout his day by day briefing Monday besides to say that there have been “a couple of final particulars which might be being put collectively.”
“We are working with ThriveNYC on this pilot to be sure that the suitable company responds to folks in mental health disaster,” mentioned a Police Department spokesman on Tuesday.
The pilot program is beneath the umbrella of City Hall’s $1 billion ThriveNYC mental health effort fronted by First Lady Chirlane McCray, which was launched to nice fanfare in November 2015 as a method to sort out the Big Apple’s intertwined homelessness and mental health crises.
The effort initially predominately centered on a public consciousness marketing campaign that prominently featured the McCray, established a coaching packages for the municipal workforce and arrange a referral line to join New Yorkers to therapists and psychiatrists — all beneath the idea that catching and treating mental sickness early would stop escalation and defend the broader public.
But the program got here beneath intense scrutiny shortly.
The metropolis’s shelter inhabitants continued to balloon, ultimately cresting at greater than 59,000 folks, all whereas social media introduced new consideration to public episodes of mental misery, significantly on trains and subway platforms.
City Hall both failed to measure or refused to launch metrics on what, if any, success Thrive’s roughly $250 million annual price range may present in tackling both drawback.
Critics additionally identified that the program gave McCray an enormous platform as she contemplated a possible run for Brooklyn borough president. She finally didn’t run.