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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Announces Plans to Hospitalize the Dangerously Mentally Ill, Involuntarily if Necessary

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Announces Plans to Hospitalize the Dangerously Mentally Ill, Involuntarily if Necessary

“My administration is determined to do more to assist people with mental illness, especially those with untreated psychotic disorders, posing a risk of harm to themselves, even if they are not an imminent threat to the public”

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced that the city will start hospitalizing the dangerously mentally ill, even involuntarily in some cases.

This is an effort to curb some of the senseless violent crime that has gripped the city, as mentally ill people have been responsible for some stabbings, beatings, and even shoving people in front of oncoming trains.

CBS News reports:

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announces new initiative that will involuntarily hospitalize more mentally ill people

New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced an initiative that would give the city more leeway to involuntarily hospitalize severely mentally ill people on the city’s subways and streets, even if they do not appear to pose an immediate danger to others.

“My administration is determined to do more to assist people with mental illness, especially those with untreated psychotic disorders, posing a risk of harm to themselves, even if they are not an imminent threat to the public,” Adams said Tuesday. “It is not acceptable for us to see someone who clearly needs help and walk past. For too long, there has been a gray area where policy, law and accountability have not been clear and this has allowed people in need to slip through the cracks.”

Adams, a former police officer, said the city will be training Emergency Medical Services staff and other medical personnel to “ensure compassionate care.” He said the policy he’s proposing “explicitly states” when it is appropriate to use this process to hospitalize a person suffering from mental illness even if they do not want to go…

Adams said he believed the law should “require hospital evaluators to consider not just how the person is acting at the moment of evaluation but also their treatment history, recent behavior in the community, and whether they are ready to adhere to outpatient treatment.” He said he will work to have a new “basic needs” standard for involuntary admission written into state law.

This video report from CBS News in New York repeatedly calls the decision controversial:

Many of the usual suspects are rushing to demonize this decision.

This policy is not controversial. In fact, it was the norm for years and years. Ten years ago, when Charles Krauthammer was still alive and a regular guest on FOX News, he would often speak of his former career as a psychiatrist and how the threshold for committing someone has changed significantly.

This is a common sense policy from Adams. He deserves credit for it, not scorn.

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The Mayor is gonna be forced to back off this plan by the usual collection of advocacy groups. I hope he doesn’t but I truly doubt he has the stones to see it done.

    Yup. Uber libertine scotus opinion striking down this sensible policy for violating 3 different constitutional amendments in 5, 4, 3,….

    Dimsdale in reply to CommoChief. | November 30, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Besides, there are a lot of Dems in that city. Where will he put them all?

      CommoChief in reply to Dimsdale. | November 30, 2022 at 5:17 pm

      There was a pretty good movie about that now that you mention it. Drop the bridges and tunnels while mining the harbor. A few dozen over watch positions, helicopters overhead and patrol boats later you have have it done; Escape from NY.

So are Biden, Schumer and Schiff visiting NYC soon?

This could be a major victory! 🙂

Advancing to the rear, but at least it’s a sign of some return to sanity in dealing with the insane.

Elective and self-abortive intent.

    Paula in reply to n.n. | November 30, 2022 at 6:05 pm

    There are crazies to be sure, but the primary problem is criminals committing crime and not being prosecuted.

This will not last. Publicly paid lawyers cannot bill hours to keep crazies institutionalized. Billable hours are are used to let the mentally ill out. Just give them a bottle of pills and an outpatient appointment.

That woman in the red dress seems quite giddy at the press conference.

How long until these jackasses declare something like refusing the clot shot a mental illness?

Don’t think they wouldn’t do it.

    UnCivilServant in reply to Olinser. | November 30, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Desire to exercise constitional rights is clearly paranoia. Wanting to move out of NYC for freer environs is a clear drapetomania diagnosis.

    nordic prince in reply to Olinser. | November 30, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    They’re already going for that approach in Canada. Elsewhere in Europe, doctors are forced to undergo psychiatric treatment as retaliation for not following/ speaking out against the “covid” party line.

    It’s the same thing they did in the Soviet Union with political dissidents: lock them up as crazies.

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to Olinser. | November 30, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Refusing to take the Fauxchi Ouchi will get you a long term vacation in the grippy-sock hotel.

    paracelsus in reply to Olinser. | December 4, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Just as true today as when Juvenal said it.

AF_Chief_Master_Sgt | November 30, 2022 at 1:29 pm

On the face of it, I concur that some people need treatment. But I have severe reservations.

Who gets to decide whether someone needs to be involuntary hospitalized? In the current climate, I can see some conservatives being hospitalized for being a danger to themselves and the community, just for speaking out or protesting a major issue, and becoming political prisoners.

One look at the DC Gulag will tell you all you need to know about the abuse of power and the failure to give a person their day in court, speedy justice, and other civil rights.

I don’t trust any administration, let alone a leftist government, to wield this power fairly.

    Plus they’re completely skipping over their party doctrine for this stuff… which is to use their shiny new red flag laws to bust in their doors and take all their guns, then mission accomplished and it’s completely safe to ignore them entirely for the rest of their lives.

JackinSilverSpring | November 30, 2022 at 1:51 pm

Morgan McKay has the chutzpah to write: “The Mayor’s attempt to police away homelessness… is a page from the failed Giuliani playbook.” There was nothing failed about Giuliani’s playbook. It was very successful in making New York City a safe place to be. It took one lousy mayor that the citizen of New York elected twice to undue Giuliani’s highly successful policies. Ms. McKay is a prime example of why no one should listen to or read the Maoist Stream Media. It simply lies all the time.

The media and the vile Dumb-o-crats (but, I repeat myself) simply can’t help themselves. The Dumbs’ reflexive, decades-long coddling and enabling of criminals as alleged “victims” who can’t/shoudn’t be held criminally liable for their predations and violent behavior is an inviolate part of the Dumb-o-crat ethos and platform. Criminals “of color” receive even greater deference and hosannas.

    guyjones in reply to guyjones. | November 30, 2022 at 2:13 pm

    And, I echo others’ concerns expressed here, regarding whether the Dumb-o-crats can be trusted to fairly administer an involuntary commitment policy. Bottom line — this policy wouldn’t even be necessary, if the Dumbs had taken criminal behavior seriously, in NYC, via a policy of aggressive arrests and prosecutions for all criminals, whether suffering from mental illness, or not. But, they haven’t done that. So, this is a desperation “solution” proffered by Adams, to show that he’s doing something.

Seems a violation of those precious rights your lot has screamed about for how many decades now??? After all, it was your party that closed the mental health facilities and blamed Reagan.

Judge Broderick was most closely identified with Halderman v. Pennhurst, a class action lawsuit filed in 1974 by public interest lawyer David Ferleger. The suit contended that mentally retarded and disabled residents of the state institution in rural Chester County were abused and neglected.

In his landmark decision, Judge Broderick ruled that Pennhurst residents had a constitutional right to receive an adequate education, training and ongoing care in the “least restrictive setting.”

He could start by hospitalizing Avin Bragg and get another DA that would prosecute criminals. That would solve half of the problem right there.

Who will pay for these institutionalized patients, and where will they go? Fifty years ago the state paid when necessary and there were enough beds. But the liberals didn’t like confining seemingly harmless nut cases, and the conservatives didn’t like paying the bills, so they stopped paying for long term resident care for most cases of severe psychosis, dumped the patients in the street, and closed most of the institutions. (This was a truly bipartisan effort – in Kim Dutoit’s definition of “bipartisan” as “When the evil party and the stupid party get together and do something stupid and evil.”)

Now, even if someone somehow finds the money to pay for locking up psychotics, there’s no place that has space for them – except jail, and that’s a place to further derange the deranged.

The problem with involuntary hospitalization for nonviolent people is that the government gets to define mental illness.

How long before “Election Denial” and “White Supremacy” are added to the DSM?

So, if you refuse the FauciFlu vaxx are you ‘mentally ill” and need to be hospitalized?????

    AF_Chief_Master_Sgt in reply to mbecker908. | November 30, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    According to what people said to me, they wanted to deny me medical care, the inability to live amongst civilized people, and hoped that I would die.

    So no. They don’t want you hospitalized. They want you marginalized and unalived.

CBS will warm up to involuntary hospitalization when people who don’t want to get the Fake Vax, or speaking out about election fraud are defined as mentally ill

Voice_of_Reason | November 30, 2022 at 8:56 pm

Geez, I’ve been advocating for this for over 2 decades.

When the dangerously mentally ill’s first responders are cops, they get shot. On the other hand, when the dangerous mentally are running wild with no controls, innocent bystanders get stabbed or pushed in front of subway trains.

I wouldn’t believe a word out of his slimy mouth. Drop all your 2A infringements, make it Constitutional Carry for all NYer’s fleabag adams.
After a few of the democrat base get deaded by law abiding citizens word will go out among the democrats to leave the citizens alone.

I hope I’m not the only person who thinks this is incredibly dangerous power. Oh, you’re advocating for concealed carry in NYC? That makes you mentally ill. And you won’t “adhere to outpatient treatment” because you think it’s rubbish? I guess that means we must lock you up involuntarily, for your own good!

Antifundamentalist | December 1, 2022 at 8:19 am

The issue comes with who gets to define what is meant by “dangerously mentally ill.” The MSM is already defining anything Right of Progressive Left as Dangerous, and many are already implying that the expression of Conservative ideology makes one “unhinged.” All they need is a Left-leaning psychologist to concur, and suddenly all republicans are scheduled for involuntary lobotomies.

That means he will be putting ever democrat in a mental institution,