We at MHP are happy to announce that Johnny Perez, UJC’s Mental Health Project Safe Reentry Advocate, was appointed to the New York State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The advisory committee investigates civil rights concerns in the state and reports to the Commission, which then issues recommendations to the U.S. Department of Justice for further action. Each advisory committee is appointed for two years and chooses which issues to focus on during that two-year tenure.
MHP was recognized by New York State Senator Jesse E. Hamilton at the inaugural Reflection of Hop Awards. MHP received the Program Innovation Award, which is granted to organizations who serve in the best interests and well-being of New Yorkers; and enforces the rights of low-income New Yorkers with Mental Illness.
When Johnny Perez was young, he committed a crime that landed him in prison. After turning his life around 8 years into his sentence by discovering his love for education, he now uses his experience to help other formerly incarcerated people obtain the services they need to get back on their feet through the Urban Justice Center in Manhattan.
Those with mental illness who are incarcerated are at a disadvantage while in prison and given less support from the prison system after release. Check out what MHP's Safe Reentry Advocate, Johnny Perez, has to say about this:
"Prisons should have tools to keep control within the prison," he said, "but I also feel that there's no situation in which a person needs to be treated inhumanely in order to hold them accountable." - Johnny Perez, MHP Safe Reentry Advocate
A report released Monday by the New York City Independent Budget Office found that city spending on mental health services has not kept pace with the growth of its incarcerated mentally ill population, which now accounts for about 40% of all inmates.
“Inadequate staffing not only affects their ability to provide mental-health services but also their ability to provide the appropriate services,” said Jennifer Parish, director of criminal justice advocacy at the Urban Justice Center.
The majority of weapons found in NYC jails last year were inmate-made as found in a new report from the Board of Correction. However, the official view is at odds with this finding as there is a push to change city rules restricting inmate visits, which advocates are at odds with.
"This report calls into question the administration's focus on visitors as the source of weapons," said Jennifer Parish, Director of Criminal Justice Advocacy, at the Urban Justice Center's Mental Health Project.
The Mental Health Project enforces the right of low-income New Yorkers with mental illness.
We are a team of attorneys, social workers and advocates representing individual clients, bringing class action lawsuits, and engaging in community education and outreach with the belief that low-income people with mental illness are entitled to live stable and full lives, free from discrimination.
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Mental Health Project
40 Rector Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10006
N/R - Rector Street
Phone: (646) 602-5600
Fax: (212) 533-4598
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