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New York City’s plan will involuntarily remove and hospitalize the homeless

New York Mayor Eric Adams announced a to plan on Tuesday to involuntarily remove mentally ill homeless people from the streets and subways and force them to undergo psychiatric evaluation.

To press conference On Tuesday, Adams said the city has a “moral obligation” to help all homeless people with mental illnesses get treatment and care. The plan allows police to involuntarily hospitalize homeless people who appear to be mentally ill or pose a threat to themselves or others. Involuntary hospitalization is required even if the homeless person does not appear to pose an imminent threat to the public.

“The very nature of their disease prevents them from realizing that they need intervention and support. Without this intervention, they remain lost and isolated from society, plagued by delusions and disordered thinking,” Adams said.

Adams said the plan would solve a “crisis we see all around us”.

According to Coalition for the HomelessNew York’s homeless population in recent years has reached its highest level since the Great Depression, with a near-record 20,764 single adults sleeping in shelters each night as of September 2022. The National Alliance for Mental Health found that 20.8% of homeless people in the United States have serious mental illness.

A wave of attacks on New York’s streets and subways has raised alarm in recent years, with many assaults involving homeless people. Last month, Adams blamed attacks on mental illness. Adams and other elected officials were pushed to act on issues related to homelessness and mental health.

“As a city, this work – at the intersection of public safety and mental illness – is part of a larger strategy, which aims to provide anyone living with serious mental illness with the building blocks of recovery: health care, home and community,” city health commissioner Ashwin Vasan said in a tweet in support of Adams’ efforts.

But the plan to involuntarily remove and hospitalize the homeless has raised concerns and criticism. Maria Town, president and CEO of the American Association of Disabled People, said in a Tweeter that the plan is a violation of rights and aims to make the homeless less visible rather than improving their lot.

New York City Council member Tiffany Cabán also said in a tweet that the plan is “deeply problematic” and that life-threatening situations are often created by the wrong speaker and the wrong response rather than the mental health crisis she experienced. -same.

“Consent is essential and health infrastructure is necessary. Voluntary consent offered by the appropriate paired workers [with] sufficient and appropriate options. Transport to emergency rooms is often not the best solution and considerable investment in safe respites, clinics, [outpatient commitments] and more,” she said in the tweet.

Adams was the target of criticism from advocates and progressives earlier this year for clean up homeless encampments and use police tactics in efforts to respond to homeless New Yorkers and improve public safety.

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