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NYC: A third of police calls to schools are mental health crises

Nov 15, 2017, Chalkbeat: Mental health crises are major cause of police interventions in New York City schools, new data show https://chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/11/15/mental-health-crises-are-major-cause-of-police-interventions-in-new-york-city-schools-new-data-show/ When New York City police or safety agents respond to an incident at a school, they are more likely to take a student to the hospital for a psychological evaluation than to make an arrest or issue a summons, according to a new analysis of city data. Last school year, nearly 29 percent of the 9,385 incidents where police or safety agents were called involved a “child in crisis,” in which the officer or agent determined the student needed to be taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation. ... Some 237,000 New York City children under 18 have a diagnosable mental health condition, according to Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York. Under Mayor Bill de Blasio, the city has ramped up mental-health services in schools, hiring additional counselors and opening mental-health clinics in some.... Nearly half of police responses to children in crisis were for students 12 or younger, according to the report, with some involving students as young as four. The youngest child in emotional distress who was handcuffed was five years old.... In response to the report, city officials emphasized they are investing more than $47 million per year on a range of school climate and mental health programs, including additional training. …