It sounds like NYC has a great plan to treat mental health with various solutions other than jail. I hope these wide ranging services and solutions when combined will help people stay out of “the System”.
I’m concerned that what advocates for the mentally ill often over look is that these folks just can’t exist on the city streets. Their illnesses, afflictions, and addictions often make them incapable of coexisting with modern civil society.
Many of the people these programs seek to assist likely need extended or long term care. How that gets paid for is hard to fathom, but we shouldn’t fail to recognize the cost to society pf leaving them untreated on the streets.
NYTimes: New York City Plans Focus on Mental Health in Justice System