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December 13, 2022 47 min
Last month, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced a new mental health policy that lowers the threshold for involuntary commitments for psychiatric care. While the Adams administration argues this shift is a solution for growing crime and homelessness numbers, critics argue it’s a step in the wrong direction. What’s the history behind involuntary holds, and what does it say about mental health policy in America? References: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline  SAMHSA  Introducing the "Designed to Fail" series | Mental Health America  America's Long-Suffering Mental Health System  Hosts: Jonquilyn Hill (@jonquilynhill) Credits: Sofi LaLonde, producer  Cristian Ayala, engineer Libby Nelson, editorial adviser A.M. Hall, editorial director of talk podcasts Want to support The Weeds? Please consider making a donation to Vox: Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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