Final thoughts and next steps
In this final entry to the Breaking Point blog series, WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez offers the motivations behind her reporting and her hopes for the city's response to these issues.
Public defenders can open the door to health services
Ayesha Delany-Brumsey, senior research associate in Vera's Substance Use and Mental Health Project, examines the benefits of holistic defense when practiced by public defenders.
The role of research in filling system gaps
Chris Weiss, director of Vera's Substance Use and Mental Health Program, discusses the important role research and evaluation play in shaping behavioral health care reform efforts.
Embracing a public health approach to justice reform
Glenn E. Martin, who spent six years in New York state prisons before founding JustLeadershipUSA, explains how improving public health and justice reform go hand-in-hand.
An interdisciplinary approach to keeping families together
Sandy Rosin, litigation supervisor for the Center for Family Representation, discusses how providing services and support to parents and caregivers with a mental health diagnosis can help keep families together.
Laying the groundwork for a more inclusive mental health system
First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray discusses the importance of developing a more inclusive mental health system that serves the needs of all New Yorkers.
Chirlane McCray delivers opening remarks at Vera's Justice Reform for Healthy Communities event.
Responding to the lasting impact of violence
Danielle Sered is the director of Vera's Common Justice demonstration project and the author of Young Men of Color and the Other Side of Harm: Addressing Disparities in Our Response to Violence. Here she examines the lasting impacts of violence and trauma and its implications for equity.
Replace fear with science for effective NYC justice reform
Elizabeth Glazer is the director of the Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice in New York City. Here she discusses several programs, policies, and initiatives the city is taking to better address the needs of New Yorkers with behavioral illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
A holistic approach to helping young people achieve
Lynne Echenberg, director of public policy at Good Shepherd Services, describes how her organization uses its school-based programs to be a trusted, credible, and everyday presence in the lives of young people, their families, and their communities. families.
A place to call home
Margaret diZerega, director of Vera’s Family Justice Program, and Erin Burns-Maine, program manager at CSH, examine two approaches to providing formerly incarcerated individuals with supportive housing, a foundational element in successful reentry.
New blog series with WNYC explores intersection of mental health, poverty, and the justice system in NYC
David Cloud, who heads Vera's Justice Reform for Healthy Communities initiative, provides an overview of the Breaking Point blog series and examines mass incarceration’s negative impact on public health.
Cindy Rodriguez is the Urban Policy Reporter for New York Public Radio and author of WNYC's "Breaking Point: New York's Mental Health Crisis" broadcast series.
Vera's Substance Use and Mental Health Program conducts applied research to help public officials and community organizations develop empirically driven responses to the substance use and mental health needs of people involved in justice systems.