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Advocacy Spotlight: New Council of State Governments Report: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program
This month, the Council of State Government’s
Identifying ten components of a successful law enforcement response, the report emphasizes partnerships between stakeholders in planning and implementation. The report also highlights some of the steps that must be taken to ensure a program’s long term sustainability, including law enforcement agency policies, program evaluation, and expanded mental health treatment options. Finally, the report addresses the operational components of a law enforcement-based response, including specialized training, dispatcher protocols, transfer of custody and information exchange.
The report was