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. […]

Minneapolis City Council attempting to create a mental health response team

A proposal regarding police reform is being circulated through the Minneapolis City Council. The proposal would create a 24/7 mental health mobile emergency response team. Currently Minneapolis police respond to all 911 calls, including non-violent calls and mental health crises. Mental health crisis calls are the third highest number of calls in Minneapolis. The response […]

Psychiatric Hospital Releases Patient Without Treatment Leading to Police Shootout

Detroit Receiving Hospital

Michael Moza died after a high-speed pursuit from police. Prior to this, Moza was admitted to the Detroit Receiving Hospital’s psychiatric center after experiencing a mental health crisis. The hospital released Moza without medication. Due to the lack of medication, Moza was experiencing another mental health crisis and began shooting up a house. Police were […]

Michael Moza

Michael Moza

Michael Moza recently turned 30 and is diagnosed with Schizophrenia. Moza fired 13 bullets into a home in southwest Detroit. No one was injured and Moza wasn’t labeled a suspect at the time. Afterwards, Moza was working as an election poll worker when he experienced a mental health episode. After being brought to the Detroit […]

State College Protest Demanding Police Reform After Killing of Man with Disability

Coalition Protest

Osaze was 29-years old and diagnosed with autism and schizophrenia when three officers with a mental health warrant fatally shot him. An investigation by state police cleared the officers involved of any wrongdoing. A 24-hour protest lead by the 3/20 coalition called on the borough to meet demands stemming from the police shooting of Osaze […]

Lack of resources for mental health in Des Moines

(Des Moines, IA) Rose has been experiencing mental health crises for a while. She is bipolar with PTSD and borderline personality disorder. During her mental health episodes, police were the only resources available to them. If Rose was violent she would be taken to jail. If Rose was non-violent, police said they are unable to […]

Alternatives to Police Response for Psychiatric Disabilities

(San Mateo, CA) Police responded to a 9-1-1 call about a person walking through traffic. When police arrived, they found Chinedu Okobi who was an unarmed 36-year old Black man with a psychiatric disability. Shortly after police confronted Chinedu, he was forced to the ground by 5 officers and tased a total of 7 times. […]