Good Intentions, meet Road-to-Hell Paving Company. ThriveNYC is failing New Yorkers amid spike in NYPD shootings.
So this is (mostly) about the NYPD officer who got hit in the head with a chair, by a mentally disturbed person.
Saturday morning, the peddler was dead, the cop was in a medically induced coma and mutterings of police over-reaction were hanging in the air.
I’m thinking that cop’s family wishes that NYPD reacted faster, and shot the guy before he hit an officer in the head with a chair. But that also isn’t what this article is about.
The good intentions? People in NYC want more done for the mentally unstable. Not least among the reasons are that they are causing problems for the rest of the population. So it might be a good idea if things were done to get the situation under control.
Thus was born ThriveNYC — a classic example of an ill-directed, over-funded, ego-infused fiasco made possible by the fact that nobody, ever, wants to say no to the boss.
“Only 12% [of Thrive’s near-billion-dollar budget has been] focused on adults with untreated serious mental illness,” says Jaffe. “As a result almost 40% of the most seriously mentally ill in New York City go untreated.”
In other words, there’s plenty of dough to address angst and ennui — but bi-polar Brooklyn peddlers, deranged subway pushers, babbling park-bench homesteaders and the man who crushed the skulls of four fellow vagrants are on their own.
The article notes that mental illness has been an issue for cities for about 50 years, without remarking on what changed 50 years ago to cause the change. What laws were enacted. What institutions were closed. Or why we decided to dump the mentally ill on the streets (or in the jails).