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(CNN) – A recent rash of people being pushed to their deaths on the tracks in New York City’s subway system has city officials pushing to get potentially dangerous mentally ill people off the streets.
The city’s health department gave police a list of 25 people who are not complying with court ordered treatments and pose a danger to themselves or others.
[2:35] “They’re individuals who don’t recognize the extent of their illness or the need for the treatment that has already been prescribed for them, being medication or whatever.” said Don Capone, executive director of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in New York.
Generally, he says people like this haven’t been taking prescribed drugs or they've stopped showing up for appointments with counselors and therapists.
[2:52] “It’s important to note, however, that most mentally ill people are not dangerous. There was a study done by the United States Surgeon General that indicated the overall contribution of mental illness to violence in our country is exceptionally small.”
Capone is concerned that the mentally ill are being stigmatized when most pose no threat to anyone.