Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray rolled out the third iteration of her very poor plan for mental health ThriveNYC Wednesday — while downplaying the horrific attack of a man in a lower ATM in Manhattan by a shock-absorbing maniac.
“We have some really serious problems to solve, there is no doubt,” de Blasio told The Post when asked about it. the bloody cut in the Chase ATM in the financial district at 17.30 Sunday.
“It’s a very small percentage, and I want to emphasize this … we should never stereotype people with mental challenges as violent,” he said.
“Every fifth American has a mental health challenge. Very, very few have a violence problem, ”Hizzoner emphasized.
De Blasio made no other comment on Sunday’s cooling off attack than saying, “We should never stereotype people with mental challenges as violent.”
But violent incidents with mentally ill New Yorkers are not uncommon.
Just a day before the ATM, a man almost pushed a stranger entering the subway tracks in Times Square. In May a homeless man randomly slugged an Asian woman in Chinatown. In February a violent crash on the A train left two people dead and two wounded.
De Blasio and McCray opened the mayor’s daily press conference on Wednesday with the introduction of a new website and public education campaign called Mental Health for All – it’s basically a repackaging of the $ 1.25 billion ThriveNYC plan.
ThriveNYC has come under fire by critics for not addressing people with serious and dangerous mental illness as well as lack of basic performance measures.
“The city apparently has no mechanism to mark individuals who are constantly being arrested for random attacks,” Councilman Bob Holden (D-Queens) told The Post.
“Serious mental illness, without being treated, always gets worse,” Holden said.
Both Holden and GOP mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa on Wednesday called on de Blasio to use Kendra’s law to impose mental health treatment on people suffering from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia who have a history of violent behavior.
“We can not afford to have another shock death case,” Sliwa said at a news conference on Sunday’s attack.
“We can involuntarily take these men and women and give them inpatient care,” Sliwa said.
Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams also supports an increase in use of Kendra’s law.
The mayor and his wife already tried rebranding ThriveNYC in May by renaming it the Office of Community Mental Health. However, the office had the same management and press email address as its predecessor.
A press release on the latest effort, Mental Health for All, does not mention ThriveNYC by name, but highlights McCray’s seven-year quest to solve mental challenges in the five boroughs.
The new site repeatedly refers users to 1-888-NYC-WELL, the free mental health hotline that was the cornerstone of ThriveNYC, even though it missed an annual goal to connect people to services during the height of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
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