In a year when political discourse seemed to reach all new levels of fire-spitting acrimony, one collaborative bright spot was the recent passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, part of which aims to reform the nation’s mental health care… Read more
Over the past decade and a half, San Antonio community leaders, government officials, law enforcement, judges, medical institutions, and the county mental health authority have made tremendous strides together in identifying and treating people with mental illness. To date, more… Read more
On August 31st and September 1st, 2016, Equitas Foundation convened hundreds of stakeholders from across the state of Colorado to take on the entanglement of behavioral health and criminal justice and come up with real solutions. As part of that… Read more
…It too often ends in tragedy, but specialized training for officers is starting to make a difference. Leadership, training, data, crisis care response, and continuity of care are necessary for transformative change. Read the full article here.
A new task force requested by Gov. John Hickenlooper after he vetoed a bill that would have expanded Colorado’s mental health hold law will begin meeting next month. The “diverse and talented” group will include Vincent Atchity with Equitas Foundation. Read the… Read more
Without adequate community-based mental health care to address Americans in mental health crisis, complex problems escalate until they finally fall to the police. In Massachusetts, efforts are now being made to address these needs and Capewide mental health training for police… Read more
The Mesa police shooting of a transgender man with Asperger’s syndrome has one Phoenix-area advocacy group calling for better police training. To read the full original article, click here.
Michael Marshall died last November at the Denver jail from injuries he received under the custody of Denver Sheriff deputies. Earlier today, his death was ruled a homicide by the City coroner’s office. In addition to serious questions about use… Read more
NEARLY 20 years ago, I was a social worker in a county jail where I first began to understand just how frequently the police deal with people with mental illnesses. Run-ins with the police were a regular occurrence for many… Read more
The latest police shooting to roil Chicago was all too familiar — and not because it fits the poisonous narrative of rampant police racism alleged by Black Lives Matter. To read the full original article, click here.