(Brooklyn, NY) “Only seven weeks ago, my Legislative colleagues were stunned by the Governor’s $120 million budget cut from services to the developmentally disabled. Thankfully by the end of negotiations we were able to restore $30 million of the of $120 million cut.
The Governor’s cuts reduced funding for our most vulnerable community members, and to the agencies that serve them. Our restoration of $30 million moderated the negative effects of that cut, but in the end people with developmental disabilities and their families lost essential services that they and their families rely on every day.
(Brooklyn, NY) – At present, the New York Police Department (NYPD) is charged with dealing with approximately 100,000 annual 911 calls involving individuals with mental health concerns. These calls often result in traumatizing and sometimes tragic encounters between the police and individuals experiencing emotional distress. On Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Noon, the Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (CCIT NYC) called for creation of specially trained crisis intervention teams that can respond to the huge numbers of emotionally disturbed person (EDP) calls the NYPD receive each year.
(Brooklyn, NY) – Today, State Senator Kevin Parker stood in solidarity with Communities for Crisis Intervention Teams (www.ccitnyc.org) – a coalition of 50 behavioral health providers and concerned citizens, and Brooklyn Borough President and retired New York Police Department Captain, Eric Adams, on City Hall steps to urge the Governor and Mayor to support the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). The proposed CIT training would enable the NYPD to better respond to the 100,000 ‘emotionally disturbed person’ (EDP) calls received annually.