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, the support team isn’t large enough to address all nonviolent cases. Denver is currently working to further expand the program. More of this story here.
Jason Harrison was a 39-year-old man with psychiatric disabilities who lived in Dallas. On June 14, 2014, his mother called 911 hoping a mental health…