New York’s Failure To Assist Mentally Ill Homeless Turns Deadly: Report

  • A 41-page audit by the State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli emphasized the city’s Department of Homeless Services’ failure to connect New Yorkers in city shelters with needed mental health services.
  • The report found that such instances of botched placements by DHS were linked to two recent murder cases, another murder attempt, a robbery, a suicide in a shelter, and at least two drug overdoses.
  • “Based on DHS records, there is limited assurance that clients were being placed in and/or transferred to a shelter that could best provide the services necessary to help the individual move forward to permanent housing, independent living, or further treatment in a more appropriate setting if necessary,” the report said.
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