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 Worker Arrested for Murdering Four Residents with Disabilities

(Potsdam, Germany) German police have arrested a 51-year old woman on suspicion of killing four people at Thusnelda-von-Saldern-Hau clinic, a clinic that cares for people with serious physical or mental disabilities. Four people were found dead while a fifth was severely injured. A possible motive hasn’t been identified and an investigation is currently underway. More […]

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 […]

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┬ápeople 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.

Use of Force is Wrong Response to Mental Health

Woman at memorial with sign that says Black Lives Matter

“State and local governments should end the use of police to respond to incidents involving people experiencing mental health crises and instead implement non-coercive, supportive interventions. This can include response teams designed to connect, build rapport, and de-escalate stressful situations. Investment in communities, including accessible, affordable mental health services and support to address social issues […]

Technology Innovation Leading to New Public Health Perspectives

The NSW(New South Wales) Police Force attended 123,330 domestic violence events. With police reports being lengthy, it would be impossible to analyze every report individually. With the emergence of big data, we can extract certain information. “A total of 16% of domestic violence events examined had at least one mention of a mental illness for […]

Grassroots organization in Minneapolis pushing for police response alternatives

In Minneapolis, police are involved with every 911 call including calls regarding mental health crises. Taren Vang called 911 expecting mental health professionals to arrive after her boyfriend was threatening suicide. Police arrived instead of mental health professionals and Taren’s boyfriend was fatally shot. The grassroots group, Communities Against Police Brutality, is advocating for an […]

House Proposal That Funds Mental Health Providers For Mental Health Emergencies

“Four Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at reducing violence against people with mental illnesses by supporting the creation of special units that would be dispatched instead of police to respond to mental health crises.” People with disabilities are 16 times more likely to die from a police encounter. In addition, people with […]