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Medical Incarceration Monday: Supreme Court decision criminalizes mental illness.

The Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson decision handed down by the SCOTUS is a disability issue because ultimately, it criminalizes mental illness. The National Alliance to End Homelessness explains: “Under the ruling, localities will be able to arrest, ticket, and fine people for sleeping outdoors on public property, even if leaders have failed to produce […]

Canyon Creek Memory Care Community Neglecting Patients

Canyon Creek Memory Care Community

Mary Ann Simons had a stroke and was unable to communicate or eat or drink independently, but court documents allege that she was left alone with food and water — and no ability to feed or drink for herself. In another case, residents started losing weight but staff stopped doing weekly weight checks until the […]

Mental Health Courts

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Mental health courts (MHCs) are specialized programs designed to address the legal issues and treatment needs of individuals with mental health disabilities and substance use disorders. Their policies vary by state, but they frequently focus on handling individuals with “severe persistent mental illness” and/or “chronic homelessness.” In theory, these courts aim to divert individuals away […]

Second Killing of Civilian Struggling with Mental Health in Ohio Within a Year

Maalik Roquemore Candelight Tribute

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Officials released bodycam footage of the fatal shooting of a Maalik Roquemore. A CMHA officer responded to a loud music complaint. While in route, the officer was flagged down by Maalik. According to the officer, when he attempted to exit the vehicle, he was attacked by Roquemore. The officer attempted to tase […]

Montana: Mobile crisis response team helping Missoula students find help

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“Youth court, school district and Providence Montana partner to help students, better prevent them from entering the juvenile justice system.” The mobile crisis response unit in Missoula’s public schools represents a significant step towards re-imagining justice and addressing the root causes of issues that often lead students into the juvenile justice system, a constellation of […]

Provincetown Police Department Implementing Body Cameras

The Provincetown Police Department will deploy body-worn cameras on all police officers starting Dec. 1, which the town said adds another layer of transparency to law enforcement and brings them in line with the 2020 Massachusetts police reform law. Officers will not face disciplinary actions for policy violations in the first 90 days to give law […]