Being among the first in the United States to take steps into better aiding individuals having a mental health emergency, Anchorage, Alaska, included a thorough team of mobile health experts into their 2021 budget. Activist Forrest Dunbar tweeted about the event’s specifics, which you can read below.
There are details in the press release, but the basic premise is this: our police receive thousands of calls every year for people in mental health crisis. Our officers are not social workers or behavioral health specialists, though they are often pressed into service as such.
According to Anchorage Daily News, the program was funded by a new alcohol tax and is set to assist the police in situations they may not necessarily be trained for, including social work and health emergencies regarding behavioral and psychiatric assistance, easing burden on the department, and allowing for better reallocation of both time and assets.
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