People suffering from mental illness or drug-related crises will be able to stay at the center instead of a hospital room or jail cell.


By Brendan Krisel


EAST HARLEM, NY — A new facility in East Harlem will give police officers from the NYPD's 25th precinct an alternative jailing people suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse, city officials announced Wednesday.

The city Health Department and ThriveNYC are committing $10 million each year for the next 10 years to open a "Support and Connection Center" — previously known as a diversion center — at 179 E. 116th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues, city officials said. The center, which will be operated by nonprofit Project Renewal, will open on Feb. 26.

"Support and Connection Centers create a stronger system of care for New Yorkers with behavioral health issues who might otherwise have cycled through police custody or emergency departments," Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a statement. "These health interventions have the potential to be transformative for the people they will serve."


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