Further data collection on Kendra’s Law and involuntary commitments based on LGBTQ identity

This change will enhance and support better data collection on Kendra’s Law 

We know that outpatient commitments due to mental illness authorized under Kendra’s Law are racially biased and impact disproportionately New Yorkers of color. We need to know more about whether LGBTQ people are being disproportionately targeted by the mental health court system.

Kendra’s Law (New York Mental Hygiene Law § 9.60) allows courts to order certain individuals with serious mental illness to stay in treatment for up to a year while continuing to live in the community.