December 21, 2022
Mental Health
  • A New York Times article discusses the debate surrounding New York City Mayor Eric Adam’s proposal to force treatment on homeless people who have severe mental illnesses. The Adams administration said the policy is intended to help stabilize those who desperately need it. However, critics argue that that the practice could traumatize already unstable individuals, exacerbate the city’s significant shortage of psychiatric hospital beds and the type of supportive housing needed for treatment plans to stick, and that trained health experts – not police officers – should not be the ones interacting with a severely mentally ill person on the street. (Article here)