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Old 02-18-2013, 08:00 AM
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NYC will begin 'rounding up mentally ill people'

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/s...FLCfDgxDqmjHIL

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The city is making a major push to sweep the streets of dangerous, mentally ill New Yorkers — and has even compiled a most-wanted list, The Post has learned.

The measure follows a pair of high-profile subway-shove fatalities from December allegedly involving mentally ill individuals.

The city has already drawn up a list of 25 targets, sources said.

“After the Queens subway attack [of immigrant Sunando Sen], the [city] decided to take a proactive approach to track down the most dangerous mental-health patients that currently have mental-hygiene warrants” out for them, a law-enforcement source said.

Those warrants mean that the patients are not wanted for a crime but instead are being sought because they are not getting their court-ordered treatment.

There are a handful of cops assigned to the detail, which began working in the past few weeks, the source said.

Cops in the NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center are using high-tech methods to first track down the individuals, and detectives on the street have been assigned to then go after them and take them to hospitals, law-enforcement sources said.

In the past, the city Department of Health would ask cops for help finding mentally ill people who aren’t taking their court-mandated meds so they could be taken to clinics. But that only applied to those who had known addresses — and patients who went off the grid were rarely pursued, the sources said.

The city is now concerned it could be liable if one of those people goes off the rails and hurts someone — or themselves, the sources said.

And that’s prompted the Health Department to seek more help from the NYPD. These patients could, of course, be dangerous, health officials noted.
 
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:12 AM
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What is the purpose of posting this article?

It seems like more accountability is in order for people who have received a court order to be on medication for mental illness.

It also seems inhumane to allow people to live on the streets held captive by mental illness.

What are the alternatives to "the round up"?
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I feel like this is a necessary step to keep NYC safe, and agree with them doing it.
 
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:56 PM
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Those warrants mean that the patients are not wanted for a crime but instead are being sought because they are not getting their court-ordered treatment.
If their treatment is court-ordered and they're not getting it, they are in violation of a court order which is, in itself, a crime.
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