February 2008: Vol. 3, Issue 2
Contributor: Tony Salvatore
Montgomery County Emergency Services (MCES) was created in 1974 by a community coalition that saw jail diversion as a mental health system role. We exemplify the provider-based approach. MCES’ facility is a 73-bed nonprofit psychiatric hospital in
As part of the ongoing development of our CIT Advocacy Toolkit, we are pleased to announce the release of Criminalization Facts. This fact sheet provides the basic information you will need to argue persuasively that criminalization of people with mental illnesses is costly for communities, a burden on police and corrections, and tragic for people with mental illnesses. It features sections on the high incidence of criminal justice involvement; the burden on corrections and police; and strategies that work to get people effective community services that prevent incarceration. (Read more…)
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