People having a mental health crisis in this country are more likely to encounter law enforcement than to receive treatment. And because of a lack of other resources, police sometimes spend a fifth of their time dealing with people with a mental illness. Studies indicate that more than 80% of people in jails with mental illness do not receive adequate treatment. States are following a number of paths to deal with the problem and the guests on this podcast discuss the work they’ve done.
Police departments across the country are facing an employment crunch. Here’s how they’re tackling the problem.
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