Editorial by Senator Samra Brouk statement in honor of Daniel Prude.
“Daniel Prude’s life mattered. Two years ago today, as Daniel Prude was experiencing a mental health crisis that affected his ability to think and communicate clearly, his family called 911— a resource that we are taught is there to help. Help did not arrive for Daniel Prude and his family that night, and as a result of our current system’s inability to meet the crisis situation with the appropriate resources, Daniel Prude was killed.
“In the two years following Daniel Prude’s death, countless community members, advocates, and allies have banded together to demand systemic change – both here in our Rochester community and across New York State. Their tireless advocacy not only honors Daniel Prude’s memory, but works to ensure that no other family experiences the loss that the Prude family experienced two years ago.
“We have a continued obligation to meet this moment with real systemic change that will ensure that all people are treated with dignity, compassion, and respect in the face of a mental health or substance use crisis.
“We must honor Daniel’s memory and the Prude family by changing the systems that led to his death. We need to invest in the communities that have historically been neglected, create a robust, culturally-competent mental health care system, and change the way we respond to mental health and substance use crises. This means we must continue to work together to pass Daniel’s Law, so that our communities can be treated with the dignity and compassion they deserve. Together, we can ensure that what happened to Daniel Prude never happens again.”
~Senator Samra Brouk
NYS Senator Samra Brouk is the sponsor of Daniel’s Law in the New York State Senate. She represents the incredibly diverse 55th Senate District, stretching from the southern shores of Lake Ontario, through Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, and south to Finger Lakes wine country. It includes Victor, East Bloomfield, West Bloomfield, Richmond, Bristol, South Bristol, Canadice, and Naples in Ontario County and Rush, Mendon, Pittsford, Perinton, Penfield, East Rochester, and Irondequoit, plus the east side of the City of Rochester in Monroe County. Senator Brouk serves as the Chair of the Mental Health Committee and sits on the Health, Education, Elections, Aging, and Alcoholism and Substance Abuse committees.