“We continue to send people with mental disorders to prison, because there seems to be nowhere else for them to go.”

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Have jails become the replacement for mental hospitals? https://bit.ly/3UhZIVK Salon.com reports, “researchers looked at data from all 3,141 U.S. counties and singled out variables that could influence jail population per capita. After analyzing their data, it became clear that, as the report puts it, “counties with smaller populations, larger percentages of individuals that did not graduate […]

Second Phase of Gaum’s Mental Health Response Pilot Program

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The Guam’s Behavioral Health workforce is taking their Mobile Crisis Response Team services to the next level by launching the second phase of their pilot program. Behavioral Health in June partnered with Guam’s law enforcement and public safety officials to launch the first phase of the Mobile Crisis Response Team. The partnership brings together a […]

Domestic violence survivor still fighting for police accountability in one of first tests of new Cleveland citizen police review

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This story sheds light on how the stigma around mental illness can be a barrier to domestic violence survivors in the criminal justice system. At multiple stages in the process of seeking protection from her abusers, Karima McCree-Wilson faced discrimination from the police and medical professionals, and in court. From Cleveland.com:“Karima McCree-Wilson sounded exhausted as […]

A Prison Used Solitary Confinement to Force a Trans Man to Undergo a Genital Exam, Lawsuit Alleges

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Content Note: Article contains detailed descriptions. It’s demeaning enough that (pseudonymn) John Smith was subject to invasive exams that violate the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, or PREA, which prohibits jails and prisons from conducting exams solely to determine someone’s genital status. After multiple parties inspected his genitals, he finally refused further exams, and according […]

People say they languish in TX prisons’ “mental health” unit

“They were destroying me,” said one person placed in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s “Program for the Aggressive Mentally Ill Offender.” According to reporting by The Appeal, a voluntary TDCJ program called the “Program for the Aggressive Mentally Ill Offender” or PAMIO is part of the TDCJ’s broader system of managed care. Through this […]

Nikolas Cruz’s defense says his brain was ‘poisoned’ by birth mother’s addictions in death penalty trial

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Should someone with an intellectual/developmental disability like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD, formerly Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) ever be sentenced to death? The defense for Parkland shooter, Nikolas Cruz, is arguing that due to intellectual disability caused by FASD, in conjunction with severe mental illness symptoms, it is not acceptable to issue a death penalty sentence. […]

India: Tele consultations to help mentally-ill inmates in jails

“A panel of eminent psychiatrists and psychologists available in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack can provide their service as consultants in an emergency situation in all jails. It will be tested on a pilot basis for at least six months and will have financial implication of Rs 1.5 lakh per month approximately,” a senior jail official said. The […]

NYC Mental Health Continuum Initiative

(NYC, New York) NYC was allocated $5 million for their new initiative, “mental health continuum”. The program creates a partnership between the health department, public hospital system, and the city’s education department. The program focuses on training teachers in de-escalation and building communication networks between school staff and mental health professionals. However, after one year […]

Successful First Year for Orlando’s Community Response Team

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(Orlando, Florida) It’s been over a year since the Community Response Team pilot launched in Orlando. Last year, the Orlando Police Department partnered with Aspire Health to create Community Response Teams, which have trained mental health professionals who respond to non-violent calls that require mental health support. In the first year of the program, the […]