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  • People With Serious Mental Illness Need Housing, Not Jail

    Vital City

    Who winds up on Rikers Island and why? What will it take to close the troubled jail complex? Those are some critical questions raised in Vital City’s special issue on New York City’s jails. In their contribution to the issue, our policy experts Daniel Ades and Virginia Barber Rioja make the case for investing in supportive housing, not jail, for people with serious mental illness—a desperately needed alternative that is cheaper, more humane, and safer for us all.

  • Gov. Hochul adds millions for mental health treatment services


    “We don’t want to see people locked up as the solution. We want them to get the help they need, get the stability, get the path toward a healthy life.” Governor Kathy Hochul visited our Midtown Community Justice Center to share exciting news of a $33 million investment into expanded mental health support for New Yorkers in the criminal legal system. On NY1, hear from the people working on the ground to link people who have been arrested to those life-changing services, including Mel Hodor from our Midtown Community Justice Center team.

  • New York announces $33 million for mental health services. Here's how it will be used

    CBS 2 New York

    At our Midtown Community Justice Center, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced expanded investments in support for New Yorkers struggling with mental illness, including $33 million to better respond to people in the criminal legal system. The boost in funding will support more programs like ours. “I could be in jail rotting away, but I changed my life,” program graduate Ibrahim Ayu told CBS News. “I’ve really been on a trajectory of going up because of the Midtown Community Justice Center.”

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