NYPD has new orders for dealing with mentally ill: Lose the lingo

NYPD has new orders for dealing with mentally ill: Lose the lingo
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[Ed. – Yeah, this latest inspiration on the part of Bill de Blasio should eliminate the problem altogether.]

NYPD cops will have to stop referring to dangerously unhinged people as “EDPs” — short for “emotionally disturbed persons” — as part of a $37 million program to deal with serious mental-health emergencies, according to a new report on Monday.

The long-established lingo will be abandoned in favor of “mental health calls,” sources told The City website, which described the change in terminology as one of the “key elements” of a plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio to reform how cops deal with mentally ill people.

“One in five New Yorkers suffers from a mental health condition. It’s our job to reach those people before crisis strikes,” de Blasio said in a statement announcing the new spending.

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The plan calls for creating a “Behavioral Health Unit” in the NYPD and establishing “Co-Response Teams” of cops and mental-health workers. …

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