The New York Times: A Mental Health Crisis Is Not a Crime

July 06 2021

From the article: "The Mental Health Justice Act, which one of us introduced in the House in February, exemplifies this approach. It would create a national grant program to pay for first responder units made up of mental health providers on the local level. When people call 911 because of a mental health crisis, these units would act as an emergency response team. Their goal would be to defuse the immediate crisis and serve as a gateway to resources such as counseling, substance abuse treatment and housing assistance. Decisions about when and how armed police officers would become involved would be left to each locality."

By Phillip Atiba Goff and Katie Porter

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