Community Crisis Intervention Teams presented to NYPD’s Commissioner Ray Kelly July 27th, 2010


Community Crisis Intervention Teams presented to NYPD’s Commissioner Ray Kelly July 27th, 2010

Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities (rippd) attended New York City’s First “Communities and Justice: Partnership & Challenges for the 21st Century” Conference held at John Jay College July 27th-28th, 2010.     Determined to present a solution, that not only will increase public safety, save millions of dollars, and improve community relations between community members and the nypd as these trainings has the potential of making them more susceptible to becoming more compassionate in their interactions with fellow community members whether overwhelmed mentally or not, by implementing crisis intervention teams within the nypd.

Affording individuals in need of immediate assistance an opportunity of receiving it while reducing the incarceration rate tremendously. Rights for Imprisoned People has been pushing NYPD for years to implement the life saving Community Crisis Intervention Teams that have been successful through out many states even in Rochester, NY . Here Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities attended the conference to present “alternative solutions to decrease the NYPD high rates of tasering and deaths of those with mental illness”.

Lisa Ortega and Mary Dougherty, members of rippd, spoke with Judge Judith Kaye along with Commissioner Ray Kelly and gave them packets filled with details of successful CITs and provided suggestions for it’s implementation even at the rate of pilot CITs in one precinct in each borough. Commissioner Ray Kelly mentioned the successful model he was aware of in Memphis, TN. and stated his willingness to meet with rippd members to discuss their plan.

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Mental Illness is not a Crime!!!

No more Deaths! No more Arrests!

NYPD is still resistant to implementing Community Crisis Intervention Teams (CITS) in NYC

Anything suggested by community grassroots groups have been rejected by the NYPD.

Let’s continue to push NYPD to change the way they deal with our community, especially people with mental illness.

CITSs have a proven track record of de-escalating situations and saving lives.

This event will let the NYPD know that we are not going to stop until CITs are implemented in NY.

We will have free entertainment and speakers (open mic). If you are interested in performing, speaking or just attending this free event please call or email.

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Iman Morales one of many individuals who obviously showed signs of being overwhelmed by mental Illness could have been alive today, If the tactics used were consistent with those Rights for Imprisoned People with Psychiatric Disabilities have been urging the city of New York and it’s Police Department to Institute

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A  meeting with Senator Eric Adams in his Brooklyn office, soon after rippd held it’s demonstration against the untimely death of Iman Morales at the hands of the NYPD,. In this meeting Senator Eric Adams claims an interest and proclaims to pull together resources and communities in forums to push for Community Crisis Intervention Teams which sadly never did happen.

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