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Get serious on mental illness: The city needs pragmatic plans that address the problem in all its complexity

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A rash of awful unprovoked attacks by people with histories of serious mental illness, and a string of tragic deaths at the hands of police of people experiencing emotional disturbances, has awakened New Yorkers to the shambolic state of our mental health system. The awakening is welcome, but elected officials are nowhere close to designing pragmatic solutions to the problem.

A pilot program Mayor de Blasio announced last year to start sending EMTs and social workers to respond to calls about people experiencing emotional disturbances, is taking longer than........

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