Category: Portland Police Department

Oct 03

Opinion: Maine Voices—Blaming Police for Failures of Mental Health System Is Misplaced

Portland Press Herald By Michael DuBose A recent Maine Voices column criticized police use of force in calls involving minorities afflicted with mental illness. However, assigning sole blame to the police for tragic outcomes gives an unearned pass to the more fundamental cause: the failure of our current mental health system to adequately treat and care …

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Mar 16

Register for Webinar: Strategies for Improving Law Enforcement Responses to People with Behavioral Health Conditions

Hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation In the course of their work as first responders, police officers routinely encounter people with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. However, many officers lack training in responding to mental health crises and considering options other than a hospital emergency …

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