Panelists will discuss changes necessary to redesign delivery of Rikers' mental health services in order to treat and stabilize people within a public health, rather than a criminal justice framework.
What is the status of NYC's efforts to close Rikers? Can NYC Follow LA's Lead - as the City seeks to close Rikers and open new jails, can NYC re-direct people with serious mental illness into treatment?
As New York City grapples with the design of four new borough-based jails to replace Rikers, officials should follow Los Angeles' lead and say no to any new jail with a specialized unit to treat those with serious mental illness. Smaller treatment facilities run by mental health rather than correction officials would make society safer and save money.
NY Daily News Editorial: Help Can't Wait for Those Imprisoned With Mental Illness