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New: Instructions & Forms to access Kendra’s Law; ThriveNYC White Paper; 3/26/2020 New ThriveNYC Plan Fails; 1/2018: New data on Kendra’s Law shows outstanding results. We respond in Daily News and in City Journal to Cuomo’s statement on mental illness. …Oped in Daily News on police training….Excellent Manhattan Institute Forum on Serious Mental Illness (video). DJ Jaffe on NY-1 on Kendra’s Law….

Kendra’s Law Overview

Kendra’s Law (New York Mental Hygiene Law § 9.60) allows courts to order certain individuals with serious mental illness to stay in treatment for up to a year while continuing to live in the community. Simultaneously, the court orders the mental health system to provide the treatment, thereby overcoming its reluctance to serve the most seriously ill (cherry-picking). The generic name for Kendra’s Law is “Assisted Outpatient Treatment” (AOT). It is less restrictive, expensive and more humane than the alternatives: inpatient commitment or incarceration.

Kendra’s Law Info and Studies



Major Organizations

Selected National AOT supporters

Treatment Advocacy Center (TAC)

Department of Justice


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

American Psychiatric Nurses Association

National Sheriffs Association (NSA)

National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC)

International Assoc. of Chiefs of Police

Selected Statewide Supporters

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NYS)

Hospital Association of State of NY (HANYS)

Public Employees Federation (PEF)

Manhattan Institute

NYS Sheriff’s Association

NYS Association of Chiefs of Police (NYSACOP)

District Attorney’s Association of State of NY (DAASNY)

Selected Regional/Local Supporters

Harlem Alliance for the Mentally Ill

NAMI/Familya of Rockland County

NAMI Orange County

NAMI Madison County

NAMI of Buffalo and Erie County

NAMI of Montgomery, Fulton, Hamilton Counties

NAMI Chataqua County

Albany County Forensic Task Force

NAMI Schenectady

NAMI/Albany Relatives

NAMI-Friends of NYS Psychiatric Institute

NAMI Champlain Valley

NAMI of NYC/Staten Island

NAMI Huntington

NAMI Syracuse

NAMI North Country

Citizen’s Crime Commission of NYC

Westchester County Police Association

Orange County Police Chiefs Association

Mid-Hudson Chiefs of Police Association

New Windsor Police Department

Town of Chester, NY Police Department

Town of Mechanicville, Police Department

Town of Cornwall Police Department

Village of Trumansburg Police

Town of Lloyd Police Department

Town of Lowville Police Department

Port Washington Police District

Elmira Heights Police Department

City of Olean Police Department

Highland Falls Police Department

City of Cohoes Police Department

Ardsley Police Department

Plattsburg Police Department

Niagara Police Department

Colonie Police Department

Skanateles Police Department

Webster Police Department

Cambridge-Greenwich Police Department

West Seneca, NY Police Department

Franklin County Probation Department

Broome County District Attorney

Sharon Carpinello, Past Commissioner, NYS OMH

Senator Catharine Young 

Pat Webdale, mother of Kendra Webdale

Andrew Goldstein: Pushed Kendra

Edgar Rivera, lost legs in subway pushing

Analysis and Source Documents

Kendra’s Law Editorials and opeds

Myths about Kendra’s Law

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NY City Mental Illness Policy

Policy Papers, Interviews and Articles

ThriveNYC Fails (White Paper)

Nicole Malliotakis Mental Illness Platform

Manhattan Inst. forum with Belkin/Jaffe/D’Emic(2017)

Why Thrive NYC is Failing (PDF)

Only $165mil of $850mil NYC MH budget goes to SMI

NYC Mental Health Data (PDF)

MIPO Suggestions to Reduce Incarcerations

InFocus with Cheryl Wills on Kendra’s Law & ThriveNYC (video)

Mental Health Dept to blame for police shootings (Post 4/2018)

Daily News op-ed : Thrive Failure (3/2019)

NY Post: Ask Chirlane about Failure (3/2019)

Brian Lehrer (radio) on NYC Violence by Mentally Ill (Radio-2016)

Daily News oped on Failure of NYC Mental Health Plan (2016)

NY Post Editorial on Failure of NYC Mental Health Plan (2016)

NY Post oped on problems with ThriveNYC Plan (2015)

Bill to evaluate mentally ill discharged from jail (TV 2014)

Deblasio Panel on Mentally Ill at Rikers fails

NYC Dept. of Mental Health Fails to serve seriously ill

NYC Source Documents

NYPD Inspector General on Serious Mental Illness (2017)

Preliminary Mayor’s Management Report (2017)

NYC First Lady defends NYC Mental Health System (radio-2016)

Psychiatric Hospitalizations in NYC (2016)

ThriveNYC 150 Day Progress Report (2016)

ThriveNYC Mental Health Roadmap (2015)

NYC Mental Illness White Paper (2015)

NYC SAFE – Plan to help Seriously Ill (2015 press release)

NYC-SAFE to reduce violence (2015 story)

NYC Statistics on seriously mentally ill (2015)

NYC Crim Just/Behavioral Health Report (2014)

NYS/NYC Criminal Justice/Mental Health Report (2008)

NYS Mental Illness Policy Issues

Why Treating Seriously Mentally Ill Is Important