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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.

Community “Stepping up” to Help Inmates with Mental Illnesses

Executive Director of the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center Rob Johnson explained that what is intended for the region may end up being a pilot project for the entire state. The initiative would provide an assessment tool they can use when individuals come into and through the system.

Police Practice De-Escalation Tactics

Police across the country are working on ways to de-escalate potential confrontations with the public, focusing their resources on dealing with those with mental illnesses.

All Chicago Police Dispatchers Now Trained in Mental Health Awareness

Training for the frontline civilian employees included how to best communicate with callers who may be having a mental health crisis, techniques to calm a situation before officers arrive and how to recognize situations that may need a response from officers specially trained in crisis intervention.

The Therapist is a Cop

The unusual exchange grows out of a new partnership between the Albuquerque Police Department and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s Project ECHO — a 13-year-old initiative that began as an effort to help inform primary care doctors in far-flung areas of the state in the treatment of hepatitis C, but has now expanded to become a knowledge-sharing network across a variety of diseases and specialties.

Celebrated Pasadena Police Officer Is a Rising Expert for Mental Health Awareness in the Law Enforcement Community

“Knowledge is power and I feel that if I can send officers out in the field with more knowledge and more tools for their tool box, then they will be able to handle mental health crisis calls better and foster better outcomes for all involved,” explained Domino Scott-Jackson, a Pasadena Police officer who has become the face of the Police-Mental Health Collaboration Toolkit video produced by The CSG Justice Center.

Scientific American: When Police Deal with People Who Have Mental Health Issues

You’ve undoubtedly heard about the recent report issued by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice condemning various police practices in Baltimore. What has gone largely unmentioned, however, is the report’s detailed review of how encounters between police and people with mental illnesses result in “unnecessarily violent confrontations.”

Deputizing Crisis Care

“I believe that the collapse of the mental-health treatment system may be one of the greatest social failures in the United States in the 20th century,” said Santa Barbara County (CA) Undersheriff Bernard Melekian at a recent talk hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Evaluation Trumps Incarceration in L.A. Police Dept. Mental Health Efforts

“The LAPD has a multilayered approach, which is necessary for a more comprehensive response to connect individuals with mental illness to the most appropriate services needed,” said Nicola Smith-Kea, policy analyst for the Law Enforcement Program of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

In Los Angeles, a National Model for How to Police the Mentally Ill

By partnering beat cops with mental health clinicians, the L.A. Police Department’s Mental Evaluation Unit reined in costs associated with frivolous 911 calls. It also connected thousands of individuals with counseling and support, reducing incidences of force used on individuals with mental illness and alleviating the burden on overcrowded emergency rooms and the criminal justice system.

Attorney General Harris Awards Valley Law Officers

“Part of the awards we gave out were the awards recognizing that law enforcement does its best work when we’re working closely with the community, and when we have trust,” said Harris.