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 […]

National Mental Health Care Legislation Brought up in Congress

A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators, Nevada Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto and Texas Republican John Cornyn, are pushing for legislation to support local governments that are expanding their mental health-care emergency responses, which seeks to shift the responsibility away from the police. “The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the mental health challenges so many Americans are facing, […]

States Unable to Match Surge in Mental Health Requests

Mental health services as an alternative to police response is a relatively new concept. The main catalyst for alternatives has been race-related police brutality. However, public health, economic and racial justice crises have drastically increased the amount of mental health requests. The mental health services that have been implemented in many states, like Colorado or […]

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 […]

Mental Health Patient Relocated to Detention Center Results in Death

Al Cannon Detention Center

Jamal Sutherland was a 31-year old diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder. Jamal was admitted into a behavioral health facility due to his mental health. After he attacked another patient, police were called. When he was arrested, officers were told to take him to jail instead of another secure treatment facility, according to Scott and […]

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 […]