Fred Levine, with Senator Kevin Parker (left), addresses the crowd advocating for Crisis Intervention Teams.
Last Wednesday, February 19, Fountain House was part of a coalition of more than 50 mental health agencies that joined State Senator Kevin Parker on the steps of City Hall to advocate for the creation of specially trained Crisis Intervention Teams (CITs). Steady rain didn’t deter the speakers and other supporters from drawing attention to this crucial issue.
Fred Levine offered remarks from his own experience of actually being a person in emotional distress subject to police intervention. The content of his speech was great but even more powerful was his accomplished and articulate demeanor – a potent reminder that, for most people in the midst of crises of this kind, it’s simply a bad moment in time, not their abiding character and certainly not a crime.
The press conference marked the launch of a public awareness campaign to support the passage of the Crisis Intervention Act, a bill introduced by State Senator Kevin Parker that would mandate the creation of CITs. It was exciting to see the Fountain House Advocacy Committee in action at this event. However, legislative battles aren’t won in a day. If you’re a New Yorker interested in this issue, please join us and become part of the Communities for Crisis Teams in NYC coalition.
Communications Director, Fountain House