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St. Paul Police Devote Unit to Mental Health Calls

The St. Paul Police Department says their new mental health unit is dedicated to connecting people with community resources and reducing escalations that could result in use of deadly force.

Officers, Court Officials Selected for Program

The Gallia, Jackson, and Meigs Sheriff’s Offices in collaboration with Hopewell Health Centers have been selected to participate in the National Mental Health-Law Enforcement Learning Site Program through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Opinion: Maine Voices—Blaming Police for Failures of Mental Health System Is Misplaced

Under the leadership of Chief Michael Sauschuck, the Portland Police Department created a Behavioral Health Response Program that, among other innovations employs a full-time clinical social worker as a behavioral health coordinator and retains master’s-level interns from the University of Southern Maine’s clinical counseling program.

Cops and the Mentally Ill: Finding a New Approach

“There has been a greater appreciation for the need for officers to be well versed in how to deal with people in crisis,” said Frank Straub, Director of Strategic Studies for the Police Foundation.