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NYLPI Mental Health and Policing Survey

Monday, September 7, 2020 - 11:00a

Hello Neighbor,

I hope this email finds you well and you have had a great Labor Day weekend so far.

We want to pass along this very important survey by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI). They are seeking your insight and experience around how mental health crises are responded to in New York City.

helpNYC is working with and is an organizational partner with Correct Crisis Intervention Today Coalition (CCITNYC). We are working towards a non-law enforcement response to people who are experiencing a mental health crisis. We are looking to implement a proven model of response that includes peer delivered services to help someone in a mental health crisis.

This survey is extremely important to help us find a new way to support our neighbors that experience mental health crises and we need your input.

I hope you will take the time to take this survey. Together, with your help, we can help those who experience mental health crisis in a better, more effective way.


Josh Parkin, Found & Interim Chair

helpNYC Board of Directors

About the Survey

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Health Illness (NAMI), Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL NYC) and the Correct Crisis Intervention Today Coalition (CCITNYC), are spearheading a community surveying initiative, which focuses on addressing the ongoing police brutality on community members in mental health crises. Through this community surveying initiative, we are gathering vital information to investigate issues concerning requests for help during a mental health crisis* to convey information about patterns, trends, and shortcomings of the current system truthfully and fairly to the public and in the public interest. We also hope to gather ideas and recommendations from directly impacted community members to inform and shape our agendas and strategies to ensure a City-wide, public health-focused option for communities.

This is an anonymous survey that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. We very much appreciate you sharing your experiences.

*A mental health crisis is any situation in which a person’s actions, feelings, and behaviors can lead to them hurting themselves or others, and/or put them at risk of being unable to care for themselves or function in the community in a healthy manner.

Who is this for?

This campaign serves those who know of people or have been themselves mistreated by the police and have not been given proper mental health services and supports during a crisis.

Click here to take the survey.

The survey is also available in Arabic, Haitian Creole, Korean, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish.