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Metro IAF NY Affiliates Press District Attorneys to Act on Mental Health and Prison Diversion

Metro IAF NY Affiliates Press District Attorneys to Act on Mental Health and Prison Diversion

Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Metro-IAF NY

Metro IAF leaders gather to press District Attorneys in New York to go on record about how they will act on the mis-incarceration of people with mental health conditions.
 
On December 5th, 200 leaders from Manhattan Together, SBC, EBC, and allies like the Greenburger Center for Social & Criminal Justice, and the New York Daily News gathered at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan. The group asked the Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island District Attorney’s to go on the record on what they will do to help people with mental health challenges avoid prison and get into treatment. This is part of Metro IAF NY’s continued work to build a team that will push for concrete reforms like the establishment of diversion centers, and the expansion of Crisis Intervention Team Training and supportive housing, in New York City. Metro IAF affiliates in Illinois have already made significant progress on crisis intervention, and this expands Metro IAF’s footprint on this issue across the country.
 
In early 2018, Metro IAF NY plans to hold a public forum with the Police Commissioner and officials from the De Blasio Administration to push for further action.