Mayor de Blasio launches new resources for homeless efforts in Chinatown

Kimberly Dole
October 07, 2019 - 8:42 am

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday the the city will launch additional homeless outreach efforts and resources in Chinatown where the violent attack on five homeless men occurred early Saturday.

“What happened this weekend shakes the conscience of who we are as New Yorkers,” said Mayor de Blasio.

The city will immediately dispatch mental health outreach teams through the Department of Health and Thrive beginning Monday.

Mental health support teams will be on-site at community locations throughout the week to provide emotional support and connect people to mental health and other supportive social services. 

“We are sending experts to the neighborhood to provide support during this difficult time, and will continue to assess how to prevent tragedies like this from happening in the future," said de Blasio.

The NYPD will also deploy additional patrol officers to the neighborhood, according to the Mayor's office.

Mental health outreach teams will be sent to Chinatown to conduct psychiatric and substance abuse evaluations and provide other social services to assess the needs of the most vulnerable on the street.

The city will also increase frequency of mental health outreach in the area with HOME-STAT teams that will proactively engage homeless New Yorkers, offering services and assistance in hopes to gain their trust and tackle the underlying issues that may have caused or contributed to their street homelessness.

Licensed clinicians will work with clients on the streets, provide on-going case management, and assess each individual for immediate risk/crisis during each encounter will be included in these efforts.

Other aid includes psychiatrists who perform psychiatric evaluations on the streets, as needed, helping understand and how better to meet the individual needs of each street homeless New Yorker and substance use resources, including ability to immediately connect individuals to detox and other rehabilitation programs—and are trained in naloxone administration.

DHS will also ensure shelter staff citywide are informing clients of resources available through NYCWell and how to access them.

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