Federal Government not Focusing on Mental Health Response Reform Despite Public Support

Over the past year, many cities have implemented police alternatives for mental health responses. In addition, the momentum for diverting some 911 calls to mental health crisis teams have been gaining. These reforms could have prevented interactions with law enforcement that ended the lives of Prude, Nicolas Chavez, Walter Wallace Jr., Angelo Quinto, Deborah Tanner, and countless others who […]

National Mental Health Care Legislation Brought up in Congress

A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators, Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Texas Republican John Cornyn, are pushing for legislation to support local governments that are expanding their mental health-care emergency responses, which seeks to shift the responsibility away from the police. “The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the mental health challenges so many Americans are facing, […]

Support for Police Reform Increasing in North Carolina

(Pasquotank, NC) Andrew Brown was fatally shot by police on April 21st. Brown was killed in his car by deputies who were serving a warrant for his arrest. Since the shooting, protestors have gathered in the streets of Elizabeth City everyday for the past 40 nights. Since the shooting of Andrew Brown, North Carolina residents […]

States Unable to Match Surge in Mental Health Requests

Mental health services as an alternative to police response is a relatively new concept. The main catalyst for alternatives has been race-related police brutality. However, public health, economic and racial justice crises have drastically increased the amount of mental health requests. The mental health services that have been implemented in many states, like Colorado or […]

A Proposal for a Mental Health Service Provider in Illinois

(Illinois) The Illinois House of Representatives passed a proposal to create an emergency 9-8-8 call provider that will provide mental health professionals that can treat people experiencing mental health crises instead of standard police. The proposal will be sent to the Senate to be voted on. Sponsors are saying this change is needed to make […]

Mental Health Worker Arrested for Murdering Four Residents with Disabilities

(Potsdam, Germany) German police have arrested a 51-year old woman on suspicion of killing four people at Thusnelda-von-Saldern-Hau clinic, a clinic that cares for people with serious physical or mental disabilities. Four people were found dead while a fifth was severely injured. A possible motive hasn’t been identified and an investigation is currently underway. More […]

Sunnyfield CEO Unsympathetic to Disabled Residents Being Assaulted by her Employees

Caroline Cuddihy

(Sydney, Australia) Caroline Cuddihy, the CEO of Sunnyfield, admits their failure to protect residents from violence, in front of the Royal Disability Commission hearing. This is the third day of hearings regarding violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability at Sunnyfield Disability Services. Ms Cuddihy accepted responsibility for failing to prevent violence and […]

Durham Redirecting Police Resources into Police Alternatives

(DURHAM, NC) If the city of Durham’s budget passes next month, Durham council members decided on Thursday morning that as many as 20 vacant police officer positions could be cut over the next year to help fund the city’s new community safety department. The proposed community safety department will include a total of 15 employees […]

No Progress on National Police Reform Since George Floyd’s Murder

It has been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a police officer and little progress has been made in national police reform. President Joe Biden and the Democratic-controlled Congress are facing increasing pressure this week from Black civil rights leaders who say federal lawmakers have made little progress with police reform. Activists say they […]