New York City to send mental health teams instead of police to respond to certain 911 calls


New York is creating a brand new team to deal with particular 911 calls.

The mental health team will consist of EMS health workers and mental health crisis workers, and they will respond to certain 911 calls instead of police.

The New York 911 call center received more than 170,000 mental health calls last year from people who ‘just needed help’.

Police Benevolent Association President Patrick J. Lynch opposed the plans, saying that it will put EMS workers in dangerous situations.

“Police officers know that we cannot single-handedly solve our city’s mental health disaster, but this plan will not do that, either. It will undoubtedly put our already-overtaxed EMS colleagues in dangerous situations without police support,”

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