New York City Launches Initiative To Assist Homeless People With Mental Illness Who Exhibit Violent Behavior

The New York Times (8/7, A20, Stewart, Subscription Publication) reports that as part of the $22 million NYC Safe mental health initiative announced yesterday by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, experts in the mental health field “will fan out to New York City’s homeless shelters, into the streets and to other places to treat mentally ill people who exhibit violent behavior.” In addition, city agencies, “including the Department of Homeless Services and the New York Police Department, will share information with one another about those people to make sure they are being treated, city officials said.” Monitoring the treatment received will be a team from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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— “New York City Initiative Aims to Help Mentally Ill People Who Get Violent,” Nikita Stewart, New York Times, August 6, 2015.

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