Posted June 3, 2022 11:40 AM by West Side Rag
By Anna Mejorada
“Over the past two years, there has been an increase in mental health issues in our community and across the city,” co-chair Sheldon Fine said at a recent health and human services committee meeting. of the Community Board 7. “Therefore, there is an urgent need for all levels of government to approve programs that support the mental health and well-being of New Yorkers. We cannot allow the status quo to continue. »
Fine then presented the committee with an overview of the resolution they are developing. IItems of importance and urgency include:
- Reverse the closure of psychiatric hospital beds
- Develop mobile mental health crisis response teams
- Increase Crisis Stabilization Centers
- Building more supportive housing with mental health services
- Adopt and expand the “clubhouse model” of rehabilitation
- Revamp discharge planning for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers
- Increase Behavioral Health Options in the School Setting
- Redirect funds from ThriveNYC to fight serious mental illness
Jason Hansman, from Mayor Eric Adam’s office, then described existing services for helping New Yorkers connect quickly with mental health help, including a new service, in addition to 311 and 911, called NYC Well. Here’s when to use each:
311 is accessible by phone, SMS or mobile app for issues that are not life-threatening, including when someone who may be homeless needs help. A street team will assess the situation on site and offer assistance and transport to the accommodation.
911by telephone or SMS, should only be used if a person’s life is in imminent danger or if they are at immediate risk of injury to themselves or others.
NYC good is a new service that New Yorkers can use to talk to a professional right away. They are encouraged to call or text when they or someone around them is experiencing an urgent mental health crisis. They will be connected with a counselor who has experience dealing with mental health issues and, if needed, can send a mobile crisis team who can provide behavioral support, de-escalation, assessment and connection to ongoing care. Services are available in English, Spanish and Chinese, with interpretation available in other languages.
Call: 1-888-NYC-Well (692-9355)
Text: PROPERTY at 65173
Chatting on the Internet: nyc.gov/nycwell
Co-Chair Fine shared a personal account of connecting a distraught woman he met in the community with NYC Well for help with a personal issue. Later, he met the same woman and she expressed her gratitude for the help she had received.
Hansman then introduced two successful pilot programs, B-HEARD – The Behavioral Health Crisis Divisionand LOGIN – Ongoing engagement between community and clinical treatment .
B-HEARD was created to respond to mental health 911 calls. Currently available in nine precincts, 911 dispatchers are empowered to determine if the situation would benefit from a team of mental health professionals, including EMTs/paramedics. Since its launch in November 2021, 20% of 911 calls have been routed to B-HEARD, resulting in fewer hospitalizations. Of those served by B-HEARD, 92% accepted on-site mental health services, and 22% were transported to community care. In the coming months, B-HEARD will expand to two additional police stations in the South Bronx. Deployment to Upper West Side precincts has yet to be determined. (Source: NYC Mayor’s Office of Community Health.)
RELATE seeks to fill gaps in the mental health care system, move beyond the traditional role of the clinic, and address the root causes of mental health problems. Currently, nine clinical sites in high-needs areas of the Bronx, Manhattan and Brooklyn have been identified for this pilot project and are accepting referrals.
In addition, 988a national lifeline on suicide and crisis, should be in place in New York in the coming months.
Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine also spoke at the meeting, noting the need for more mental health support at school for students, better awareness among the homeless community, and an urgent need for more hospital beds dedicated to psychiatric care.