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Mental Health and Law Enforcement Team Up for Safer Crisis Response

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Hosts Patricia Wu and Jessica Reyes, along with guest psychiatrist Dr. Dan Bober discuss the success of New Jersey’s “Arrive Together” program, mental health professionals are paired with police officers to improve responses to crisis calls.

Mental health crises and police encounters

Individuals with mental illness are significantly more likely to experience negative outcomes during police interactions. Specialized crisis intervention training is often lacking in police departments.

The need for alternative response models

Having mental health professionals as first responders can reduce the risk of escalation and violence, especially when the situation doesn’t involve immediate threats to public safety.

Expanding successful programs

The “Arrive Together” model demonstrates that alternative crisis response programs can  reduce arrests and use of force.  Expanding these programs requires addressing funding and regulatory obstacles.

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