What is it about?
How a community responds to behavioral health (BH) emergencies is both a public health issue and a social justice issue. Too often, people in BH crisis end up in fatal police encounters, arrested, or warehoused in emergency rooms, sometimes for days. There is momentum for change - from justice reform movements, racial equity advocacy, the new 988 mental health hotline going live in 2022. This paper provides guidance for policymakers, advocates, and service providers interested in improving how their community responds and provides healthcare to those with mental health and substance use emergencies.
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This page is a summary of: Cops, Clinicians, or Both? Collaborative Approaches to Responding to Behavioral Health Emergencies, Psychiatric Services, June 2022, American Psychiatric Association, DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.202000721.
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