He was born deaf and worked as a dental technician until he signed up to be both an Uber and Lyft driver last year.
“When I lived over there, it wasn’t equal,” Grinman says of his homeland, through a sign language interpreter during an interview. “Deaf people don’t have the same access as hearing people. The majors at college for deaf people were only gym teacher, dental technician, and tailor.” Grinman aspired to be a doctor like his mother, but settled for a career in dentistry, one he would maintain after arriving in America.
The involuntary outpatient placement language in the Baker Act took effect as part of the Baker Act reform in 2005.
“Definitely something you don’t see every day,” she says. It’s cool that they can make a living that way — in one of the most chaotic cities.” The driver is Yuriy Grinman, a 56-year-old Ukrainian immigrant.
There are many possible outcomes following examination of the patient.
This includes the release of the individual to the community (or other community placement), a petition for involuntary inpatient placement (what some call civil commitment), involuntary outpatient placement (what some call outpatient commitment or assisted treatment orders), or voluntary treatment (if the person is competent to consent to voluntary treatment and consents to voluntary treatment).
On a sunny autumn afternoon in the grungy, graffiti-splattered Brooklyn neighborhood of Bushwick, Morgan Wang, a mobile game marketing consultant, is watching the Uber car she recently hailed pull up in front of her apartment building.
Her driver, a short and bespectacled middle-aged man, exits the vehicle and eagerly takes Wang’s suitcase, loading it in the back of his metallic charcoal Honda CR-V.