File #: Int 1021-2023    Version: * Name: Mental Health Roadmap Legislative Package - Crisis respite centers.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Mental Health, Disabilities and Addiction
On agenda: 4/27/2023
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to crisis respite centers
Sponsors: Keith Powers , Linda Lee, Erik D. Bottcher, Lynn C. Schulman, Carlina Rivera , Kevin C. Riley, Farah N. Louis, Lincoln Restler, Crystal Hudson, Diana I. Ayala, Robert F. Holden, Sandra Ung, Rita C. Joseph, Shaun Abreu, (in conjunction with the Manhattan Borough Preside, (in conjunction with the Brooklyn Borough Presiden
Council Member Sponsors: 14
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Community Mental Health, to ensure that each borough has at least two crisis respite centers, open to walk-ins and referrals, to afford individuals with mental illness accessible treatment and resources as an alternative to hospitalization.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1021, 2. Int. No. 1021, 3. April 27, 2023 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 4-27-23, 5. Committee Report 5/4/23, 6. Hearing Testimony 5/4/23, 7. Hearing Transcript 5/4/23

Int. No. 1021


By Council Members Powers, Lee, Bottcher, Schulman, Rivera, Riley, Louis, Restler, Hudson, Ayala, Holden, Ung, Joseph and Abreu (in conjunction with the Manhattan and Brooklyn Borough Presidents)


A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to crisis respite centers


Be it enacted by the Council as follows:


Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 17 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-199.21 to read as follows:

§ 17-199.21 Crisis respite center. a. Definitions. For purposes of this section, the term “crisis respite center” means a community-based facility that is designed as an alternative to emergency hospitalization for individuals with severe mental illness in times of psychiatric crisis that offers voluntary stays for up to 1 week, and provides access to behavioral health professionals, peer support groups, psychoeducation, self-advocacy education, and self-help training.

b. The department, in consultation with the mayor’s office of community mental health, and other relevant agencies, shall ensure the creation of at least 2 crisis respite centers in each borough. In determining locations for crisis respite centers, the department shall prioritize communities that have a heightened need for crisis respite centers, as determined by the mayor’s office of community mental health.

c. Crisis respite centers must be open to individuals by appointment, walk-in, or through referrals from medical professionals.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.



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