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When Law Enforcement Meets Mental Illness

Posted Monday, August 4, 2008

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Police rarely use deadly force. In fact, just one in 5,000 contacts with civilians involves deadly force. But when deadly force is used, it makes headlines, and it's not uncommon that the victim turns out to have a mental illness. This raises a whole host of questions, starting with how should law enforcement and correctional officers be trained to work with the mentally ill? On our program, we'll talk about that and about how our society got to a place where police have become mental health first responders. We hope you'll join the conversation Monday morning at 9 on 90.3.


Government/Politics, Health, Other, Courts/Crime - Fire/Law Enforcement


Kurt Entsminger, Executive Director, Treatment Advocacy Center
Police Chief Jim Cook, City of Highland Heights
Harvey A. Snider, President of NAMI Ohio

Additional Information

Mobile Crisis Team in Cuyahoga County - services available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 216 623-6888. Call if concerned about a son or daughter, parent, or friend who may be having a mental health crisis.
Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health BoardCuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board - Where to Go to Get Help
Akron Mental Health Court
Lorain County Board of Mental Health

De-Criminalizing Mental Illness, TIME
Cops and the Mentally Ill
How Police Can Better Handle Emotionally Disturbed Citizens, By Eugene O'Donnell, Newsweek
Agencies, Courts Often Powerless in Helping Mentally Ill, The Plain Dealer

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