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     Nov 29, 2022

Eric Adams to increase involuntary confinements of mentally ill after NYC subway attacks

"If severe mental illness is causing someone to be unsheltered and a danger to themselves, we have a moral obligation to help them get the treatment and care they need," Adams said at a televised address on Tuesday morning



Alex Timothy
Nov 29, 2022 2 minute read

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has expanded the city’s ability to deal with mentally unstable New Yorkers, expanding the guidelines for what behaviors justify involuntary commitment, the New York Post has reported.

Until November, city workers were instructed to limit the involuntary commitment program, known as Kendra’s Law, to only people who presented an imminent threat to themselves or to others. These criteria no longer need to be met in order to immediately hospitalize people who refuse treatment voluntarily. 

"If severe mental illness is causing someone to be unsheltered and a danger to themselves, we have a moral obligation to help them get the treatment and care they need," Adams said at a televised address on Tuesday morning. 

"Today, we are embarking on a long-term strategy to help more of those suffering from severe and untreated mental illness find their way to treatment and recovery."

The announcement was met with praise by homeless and civil rights advocates who, while typically being among Adams’ harshest critics, have enthusiastically embraced the mayor’s plan.

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