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Cities Know That the Way Police Respond to Mental Crisis Calls Must Change. But How?

Read full article at KFFHealthNews.org

Philadelphia police officers Kenneth Harper and Jennifer Torres were in their patrol car sitting at a red light when a call came in over the 911 radio dispatch.

“This job says ‘female complaint in reference to dispute with daughter, suffers from bipolar, infant on location,’” Harper read off the computer near the front seat.

The officers got a little more information from the dispatcher: A mother needed help with her adult daughter who had become combative after drinking alcohol.

It was a Friday morning. Harper and Torres quickly drove off in the direction of the address they were given just a few miles away. They traveled in a white SUV, absent of any police markings, with a third team member in the back seat, Krystian Gardner. Gardner is not a police officer. She’s a mental health clinician and social worker.

Read full article at KFFHealthNews.org


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