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 […]

Virginia Autism Project Supporting Bill for Reduced Penalty for Assaulting Police

(Richmond, VA) You will be charged with a 6-month mandatory minimum sentence in addition to a felony if you assault a police officer. Advocates for people with psychiatrics disabilities argue that assault can be easily misinterpreted. For example, James is a 27-year old with with autism. Due to his autism, he spits subconsciously which can […]

Black Lives Matter Restoration Polk Protests Police Brutality

(Florida, US) Black Lives Matter Restoration Polk, a local group of the national BLM movement, was protesting the proposal of a law-and-order bill. DeSantis’ controversial law-and-order package “would create new felony crimes when property is damaged or when people are injured as a result of protests involving seven or more individuals. The measure would also […]