New York Mayor Announces $37 Million Investment To Address Serious Mental Illness

new york mayor announces $37 million investment to address serious mental illness

Public advocate Jumaane Williams has exposed a fact that thousands of calls to 911 for a mental health crisis go unnoticed each year. These figures are enough to show that the mental health system in New York has failed to acknowledge the potential danger from mental health crises. There is an overflow of mentally ill people in jails. However, Mayor De Blasio’s mental health project ‘ThriveNYC’ has come forward to address the issue in a better way. They have planned to invest $37 million to close gaps in services for people with severe mental conditions. The organization has also initiated a 30 days review of Kendra’s Law. Kendra’s Law is a rule where authority can issue an order that can make people undergo psychiatric treatment if they meet certain criteria.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed has prioritized her attempt to deal with mental health issues. Breed’s plan to deal with mental issues called ‘UrgentCareSF’ has included 1000 new beds in the mental health treatment system. She has also enhanced Laura’s Law, which is a California version of Kendra’s law.  UrgentCareSF tackles the rising mental health crisis in San Francisco. The homelessness crisis has thrown a bigger challenge for the officials to deal with the mental health of the people. The government’s response has been coherent towards the deepening mental health issues in the region.

A series of hearings spurred by the Sandy Hook tragedy showed an embarrassing ignorant behavior of federal agencies towards serious mental health. The Federal agency failed to mention diseases like Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder in its strategic plan for the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. There was not even a single psychiatrist among the staff of the federal agency. However, now Dr. Elinore McCance Katz is heading the agency. He is a well-known addiction psychiatrist. He has recently introduced a multi-million dollar Kendra’s law grant program. The program has been designed to ensure that people with serious mental issues are cured before they turn dangerous for themselves and to others. The US government has amended longstanding federal Medicaid laws to reimburse the costs for inpatient stays.

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