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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oakland Removing Police Responses from Nonviolent 911 Calls

Cities has been shifting police responses away from nonviolent 911 calls. This fall, Oakland aims to join those cities. Oakland is launching a pilot project to funnel some nonviolent, noncriminal calls to new, mobile teams of civilians. One study estimates people with an untreated mental illness are 16 times more likely to be killed during an […]

Orange County Exploring Police Alternatives to Mental Health Calls

Orange County officials are looking for better ways to address mental health crises. Some of the goals Orange County is looking for is a softer approach from police officers in addition to behavioral-health services being deployed for every mental health emergency call. Orange County has been under pressure after a recent shooting of Jeffrey Ely […]

Brussels: Innovative Mental Health Support

Picture of woman by a door in Brussels

A mobile team in Brussels, Belgium that supports people with psychosocial disabilities, or mental health conditions, in their own homes offers an innovative rights-based alternative to residential psychiatric care. Article from Human Rights Watch can be found here.

Montgomery County Shifting Police Funds to Mental Health Responders

Montgomery County created a crisis center in July of 2020. Montgomery County Council President Tom Hucker spearheaded the redirecting of $600,000 in funding to expand their Mobile Crisis Team. The Crisis Team is a two-person, 24-hour service that responds to non-violent situations. Now there are three Mobile Crisis Teams with a total of six staff. […]

First Six Months of Mental Health Responses Led to Zero Arrests

Denver recently released the STAR (Support Team Assisted Response) program 6 months ago. The program was designed to address non-violent incidents with mental health professionals instead of armed police. After 6 months, Denver’s STAR program has not arrested a single individual. In addition, they have resolved 748 nonviolent conflicts, averaging 6 incidents a day. Unfortunately, […]

Portland’s new public safety program

A new public safety program has been launched in Portland as an alternative to sending police to mental health calls and homelessness. The program, Portland Street Response, will comprise of teams of five. The five members will consist of a firefighter, a paramedic, a mental health clinician and two community health workers. According to the […]