NYPD to Stay Out of Mental Health Calls, City to Send Social Workers Instead

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New York City police will stay out of many men­tal health cri­sis calls and social work­ers will respond instead in parts of north­ern Man­hat­tan start­ing this spring, an offi­cial told law­mak­ers Monday.

The test pro­gram will begin in three Harlem and East Harlem police precincts that togeth­er account­ed for a high­est-in-the-city total of over 7,400 men­tal health-relat­ed 911 calls last year, said Susan Her­man, who heads a wide-rang­ing city men­tal health ini­tia­tive called ThriveNYC.

The details fleshed out a plan the city out­lined broad­ly in Novem­ber, aim­ing to keep psy­chi­atric crises from esca­lat­ing into con­fronta­tions and to pro­vide peo­ple with more health-focused …

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