Successful First Year for Orlando’s Community Response Team

Orlando

(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 […]

Lawrence County Creating More Efficient Mental Health Response Models

(Lawrence County, Pennsylvania) Many municipalities are adopting a mental health alternative to 911 calls. For example, multiple counties in Pennsylvania pairs a mental health responder to a designated officer. However, Lawrence County has identified some issues with that model and have pivoted to a more efficient method. According to the district attorney, “This model is based […]

The Police Killing of Jerrim Toms

Jerrim Toms was a 29-year-old working as a mechanic apprentice. Toms was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and had a history of mental unwellness. Joan, Toms’ mother, had called police asking for a welfare check on her 29-year-old son, after he kicked her out of the house. “He’s kicked me out of the house. He’s threatening […]

#FreeDarik Twitter Hour, Tomorrow (10/26) at 12pm pacific time

Join us on social media as we share the #FreeDarik Petition and let the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office know that we refuse to criminalize Darik for a mental health crisis. Make sure to tag the Riverside County’s DA Office in your posts. Their twitter, IG and FB handles are @RivCoDA. For more info, to […]

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

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 people 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 […]