Law Enforcement

Outside of prison yard, with guard tower

Encounters with law enforcement can be hazardous for people with serious mental illnesses. Because of the gap in quality mental health services, jails and prisons are too often the provider of first resort for people with mental health conditions. Efforts are underway at all levels of government to devise approaches for diverting people with mental illnesses away from criminal justice settings and into appropriate treatment. Jails are a costly stopgap, and there is a growing consensus on the need for alternatives.

SXSW 2017: Tech Idea for Preventing Fatal Police Interactions Wins Shark Tank-Like Competition

While about 3 percent of U.S. adults suffer from a severe mental illness, they make up a quarter to one-half of all fatal law enforcement encounters, according to the nonprofit Treatment Advocacy Center. At SXSW 2017, the founders of RideAlong hope to prevent such tragic incidents by equipping police with information that will ultimately divert Read more

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