Breaking Point: New York's Mental Health Crisis

Thursday, March 26, 2015

7:00 PM

Join WNYC’s Urban Affairs reporter Cindy Rodriguez as she hosts a community forum about mental health, poverty and criminal justice in your city and on your block. Four decades after New York closed its mental asylums, it has yet to build a new system that provides adequate care. Alongside a panel of local leaders and experts in health, government, policy and grassroots advocacy, share and explore experiences around issues that touch so many lives today.

The evening conversation will feature a panel conversation, on-site resource and information tables, as well as remarks by First Lady of New York City, Chirlane McCray.

 Guests include:

  • Dr. Gary S. Belkin, Executive Deputy Commissioner for the Division of Mental Hygiene
  • Dr. Jennifer Havens, Director and Chief of Service of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, HHC Bellevue Hospital Center
  • Myra Hutchinson, prison reform advocate with Mental Health Alternatives to Solitary Confinement
  • Ann-Marie Louison, Co-Director of Adult Behavioral Health Programs at CASES
  • Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
  • Isaiah Pickens, Psychologist on the Bellevue Juvenile Justice Team; Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine
  • Pamela Price Haynes, Principal of P.S. 161
  • Terrie M. Williams, Mental Health Advocate and author of Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting


Presented by WNYC in partnership with the Vera Institute of Justice and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Cindy Rodriguez reported WNYC's recent radio series, Breaking Point: New York's Mental Health Crisis.