Feb 23, 2021
City Hall says mental health program finally heading to Harlem
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City Hall has finally decided that its new program to divert non-violent mental health calls from the NYPD will launch in Harlem and East Harlem — three months after rolling out the new program with so few details the effort didn’t even have a name.
The new initiative will have specially trained teams of Fire Department paramedics and city social workers respond to reports of non-violent emotional distress in the 25th, 28th and 32nd Precincts, which cover both Upper Manhattan neighborhoods.
The neighborhoods were first reported by New York 1.
The pilot program was initially supposed to launch in February, which is nearly over.
Mayor Bill de Blasio declined to provide an update when pressed during his daily briefing Monday except to say that there were “a few last details that are being put together.”
“We are working with ThriveNYC on this pilot to ensure that the appropriate agency responds to people in mental health crisis,” said a Police Department spokesman on Tuesday.
The pilot program is under the umbrella of City Hall’s $1 billion ThriveNYC mental health effort fronted by First Lady Chirlane McCray, which was launched to great fanfare in November 2015 as a way to tackle the Big Apple’s intertwined homelessness and mental health crises.Fire Department paramedics and city social workers will respond to reports of non-violent emotional distress in the 25th, 28th and 32nd Precincts.Stefan Jeremiah for NY Post
The effort initially predominately focused on a public awareness campaign that prominently featured the McCray, established a training programs for the municipal workforce and set up a referral line to connect New Yorkers to therapists and psychiatrists — all under the theory that catching and treating mental illness early would prevent escalation and protect the broader public.
But the program came under intense scrutiny quickly.ThriveNYC has been the subject of much scrutiny.Stefan Jeremiah for NY Post
The city’s shelter population continued to balloon, eventually cresting at more than 59,000 people, all while social media brought new attention to public episodes of mental distress, particularly on trains and subway platforms.
City Hall either failed to measure or refused to release metrics on what, if any, success Thrive’s roughly $250 million annual budget could show in tackling either problem.
Critics also pointed out that the program gave McCray a massive platform as she pondered a potential run for Brooklyn borough president. She ultimately did not run.Filed under bill de blasio , chirlane mccray , city hall , mental health , ThriveNYC , 2/23/21
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The Halo series continues and we finally know when it will premiere
The years go by and the expected series of Halo still can’t see the light. We know that the production has run into various obstacles, including the departure of director Rupert Wyatt more than two years ago. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the project today, today the portal Deadline has surprised us with new details of the series. After a long time of waiting, we finally have information about its premiere.
The aforementioned medium mentions that the series of Halo changed hands. At first it was announced that the content would be available through the Showtime channel, however, now content will move to Paramount +, ViacomCBS’s video streaming platform. It is important to mention that Showtime will continue to be involved in the production together with 343 Industries, the video game studio that is currently responsible for the franchise Halo.
But let’s get to the most important thing: ViacomCBS will premiere Halo during the first half of 2022. However, at the moment the specific date is unknown. Although the current times could raise doubts about the fulfillment of the date, the production indicates that between 55 and 60% of the first season had already been filmed when filming was suspended in March 2020. The above, of course, due to the pandemic. Once the rhythm is back, it does not seem that they are going to have problems finishing it on time.
David Nevins, creative director of CBS and CEO of Showtime Networks, said the series will reflect “the visceral emotion of the game, along with a much deeper emotional experience around the Spartans, the human beings who genetically altered their humanity. “He also mentioned that history tries to rescue those details that make the emblematic soldiers human. This will allow them to make a deeper story that goes beyond the classic action of Halo (game).
We must not forget that there are great names in the executive production of the series, including Steven Spielberg. He is joined by Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Steven Kane, Otto Bathurst, Toby Leslie, Kyle Killen and Scott Pennington. Kiki Wolfkill, Frank O’Connor and Bonnie Ross will serve as executive producers for 343 Industries.
The article The ‘Halo’ series continues and we finally know when it will be released was published in Hypertext.