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“It’s our responsibility to decriminalize mental illness,” says Sheriff Kalvin Barrett
“This is about the opportunity to function as a guardian before we have to function as a warrior.”
A premature rush to routinely dispatch psychologists and social workers to the scene of potentially lethal police-citizen encounters may be a matter of misapplied good intentions
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“We are against the wall,” said Chief John Clair, an Army veteran who sometimes shuttles patients himself, and did so last month on a nearly 15-hour round trip to a hospital on the other side of the state
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Some counselors said they had received training only in talking to people experiencing suicidal thoughts and not how to deal with other mental health issues, such as anxiety attacks, substance intoxication and withdrawal and mood disorders
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“In times of need, we want to do everything we can to protect those in crisis and get them timely help and health,” Gov. Phil Murphy said
“This is an enormous step forward in our ability to respond to mental health emergencies,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It will make it possible for us to provide the most appropriate response to an individual in crisis and connect them to the best resource”
Under the program is paired up with a Cleveland police officer who is trained in crisis intervention
“It’s critical for our agency to look objectively at our actions … to help reduce the risk that something like this will happen again,” Sheriff Joel Merry stated
“These deputies never had a chance,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “They didn’t have a chance to get out of the way”
A series of community focused initiatives will focus on bridging the gap between policing, technology and mental health