In the News
January 24, 2023
On January 25, the harm reduction organization VOCAL-NY is holding an advocacy day in Albany, urging the passage of Daniel’s Law “to end the criminalization of mental illness and substance use disorder, especially in Black and brown communities.”
Daniel’s Law would create a statewide council and numerous smaller regional or local councils, responsible for setting up “emergency and crisis response services” for incidents related to mental health, substance use disorder or disabilities. Rather than law enforcement officials, these councils would be made of people with direct experience or professional background in mental health care, medicine, substance use treatment, disability justice or emergency services.