Report: Preventing Wasteful and Inequitable Consultative Examinations in Social Security Disability Claims

2022-03-08T16:55:50-05:00March 4th, 2022|


"Today, advocates from New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG), the Urban Justice Center (UJC), and Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) released a new report about wasteful and harmful Social Security policies, which discriminate against adults and children with disabilities. The report focuses on issues arising in New York State and Pennsylvania, but this is a national problem, stemming from federal policy failures."

Urgency to improve Rikers conditions grows as inmate hunger strike enters Day 6

2022-01-24T15:17:50-05:00January 13th, 2022|

City & State

“The mayor’s office could step in right now,” [Victoria] Phillips, [a community, health, & justice organizer with the Mental Health Project of the Urban Justice Center] said. “There’s nothing new about the outrageous barbarian conditions except for the people who pass the buck. The City Council passes it to the mayor’s office and the mayor’s office passes it to the DOC.”

Where could redirected police funding go?

2021-01-27T15:45:22-05:00June 16th, 2020|

City & State

"Several groups including JustLeadershipUSA, the Mental Health Project at the Urban Justice Center and Brooklyn Defender Services have also outlined plans for additional avenues for mental health support. Their recommendations include creating more “crisis respite centers” where people in mental health crisis can go for services and expanding the city’s mobile mental health treatment efforts."

Health Coverage for the Most Vulnerable

2020-07-06T14:24:58-04:00June 15th, 2020|

Gotham Gazette

For New York City’s communities of color, immigrants, people who are LGBTQ+, and people with disabilities and mental health concerns or substance use problems, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted flaws in our health care system, including inadequate access to needed mental health services.

Plan for Combatting COVID-19 in NYC Jails and Other Lock-up Facilities

2020-04-04T12:44:40-04:00March 18th, 2020|

MHP signed on to a letter demanding that Mayor de Blasio use his emergency powers to protect New Yorkers from the grave possibility of the spread of COVID-19 in city jails and other lock-up facilities. Read the letter here.