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Pass the Mental Health Recovery Act – Now

Mayor Adams, working to address the crisis of disturbed people roaming the city’s streets and subways, wants the Legislature to pass the Mental Health Restoration Act before leaving town early next month – but Albany doesn’t seem to care.

The bill would attempt to end the “EDP revolving door,” in which emotionally disturbed people are engaged in treatment after an incident — then receive a few bills and are quickly released — by clarifying the standards that allow for care prolonged involuntary hospital stays.

Current law, at least as it is enforced, produces people like “Ice Pick Nick,” a violent, mentally ill drifter who terrorized the East Village for years before finally being arrested and imprisoned.

Random attacks by IT executives with a long history of dangerous behavior have made walking the streets of the Big Apple a nightmare:

  • Cyril Destin, a disturbed Times Square drifter with a long criminal record, got up from his walker and stabbed Amber Lohr, a tourist accompanying a group of children, as she walked by.

Adams and Governor Hochul must convince progressives in the Legislature to stop obstructing this vital measure: It is inhumane to let troubled people go free, putting themselves and others at increasing risk of serious harm .

While Albany also needs to ensure inpatient mental health facilities have the resources to handle these difficult cases, passing the Mental Health Restoration Act will go a long way toward ending the cycle of vagrants mentally ill people entering and leaving the prison and/or Bellevue.

New York Post

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