Daniel’s Law Talking Points – 2024

How can I help?

Speak at upcoming events to help pass Daniel’s Law

What are the Upcoming Events?

  • Virtual Listening Session
  • Rochester – In Person Listening Session, register here.
    • May 8, 4 – 6 pm, Rochester Central Library Kate Gleason Auditorium, 115 South Ave.

What will Daniel’s Law Do?

Daniel’s Law will provide better support/resources for those experiencing health crises by:

  • Designating crisis response teams as first responders to mental health, alcohol, or substance use crises responding independently from police;
  • Requiring crisis response teams to include Peers with lived mental health experience or lived experience with alcohol or substance use;
  • Encouraging local governments to develop joint crisis plans to maximize availability of crisis services;
  • Creating a statewide council of health experts to develop training and resources for crisis responders; and
  • Fully integrating crisis response teams into 988 and other emergency dispatch services.

HERE is an FAQ with more information about the bill.  

What are the Key Points to Make? (choose one or two)

  • Pass Daniel’s Law Right Away
    • Honor the memory of Daniel Prude, and prevent more tragic deaths at the hands of police, by passing Daniel’s Law.
    • Our current crisis response models put people like Daniel Prude at risk, so the Taskforce must issue its report well before its December 31, 2025 deadline.
  • Daniel’s Law Provides the Necessary Crisis Response Structure
    • “Peers not police” is critical.
    • Crisis responses must be centered on de-escalation and consensual care.
  • The Taskforce should Focus on Finding Funding for Daniel’s Law
    • A funding stream for crisis response is critical.
    • There is no need to look into non-police crisis response models because the bill is already modeled after CAHOOTS, and  New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and Human Rights Watch have already reviewed other models — HERE.