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Council bill proposed to boost mental health services for cops in wake of suicides


Added 09-11-19 03:25:02pm EST - “In the wake of the suicides of nine police officers this year, the City Council will consider a bill aimed at boosting mental health services for cops across the city.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Council bill proposed to boost mental health services for cops in wake of suicides”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

In the wake of the suicides of nine police officers this year, the City Council will consider a bill aimed at boosting mental health services for cops across the city.

The heart of the bill would require the NYPD to hire clinicians who would work out of police precincts giving counseling to police officers on a confidential basis. For cops who ask for it, the clinicians would refer them to outside counselors for additional help.

The hope is that the clinicians will get to know the officers and thus break down the stigma among cops about discussing things that are bothering them, according to bill sponsors Councilmen Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) and Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

The estimated price tag is about $150 million a year, according to a source familiar with the planning.

“We are facing tragedy after tragedy and we have to do everything in our power to support officers,” said Richards, the chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee.

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