Updated: May 18, 2021 02:45 PM
Created: May 17, 2021 12:27 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— Local lawmakers joined activists Monday morning in a show of support for new legislation that could affect who responds to mental health calls.
They're advocating for Daniel's Law. Named after Daniel Prude, the law would establish both state and regional mental health response councils which would permit mental health professionals to respond to mental health and substance abuse emergencies. Prude died a week after Rochester Police officers took him into custody in March of 2020.
The bill was first introduced by New York Assemblyman Harry Bronson and Senator Samra Brouk in February. Bronson spoke during a virtual news conference on the bill Monday.
"Our families cannot wait for another death. this legislation will help ensure that our most vulnerable friends and neighbors are directly connected to trained mental health professionals," Bronson said.
Tuesday lawmakers in Albany discussed Daniel's Law and measures to improve the response to mental health crises in New York.
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