Queens councilman introduces bills on crime, mental illness


Queens Councilman Robert Holden introduced two bills at Thursday’s New York City Council Stated Meeting. These bills address crime and mental illness in New York City.

The first bill, known as Intro 793, addresses mental health. It requires the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to report how often city agencies and hospitals submit referrals for people to the Assisted Outpatient Treatment program. Additionally, it would require the number of petitions filed for Assisted Outpatient Treatment referrals and the resulting court orders to be reported by the city.