Mayor Eric Adams aims to make New York’s mental health system more proactive in its dealings with psychotic individuals. The plan is potentially transformative, though full implementation will depend on state government.
Adams’ initiative fulfills campaign promises he made to expand use of involuntary psychiatric treatment and, generally, address the needs of those with serious mental illness. It builds on his Subway Safety Plan and other initiatives launched in response to mental illness-related disorder and violent incidents such as the subway pushing death of Michelle Go back in January.
Adams has shown a consistent and focused concern on serious mental illness that his predecessor lacked. Bill de Blasio prided himself on his commitment to mental health, but he achieved little because of his overly broad focus on wellness for all.
Stephen Eide is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor of City Journal.
Carolyn Gorman is the project manager for education policy and mental-illness policy at the Manhattan Institute
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