For 911 Calls, Are Mental Health Specialists Often the Better Choice?
Posted on Jun 13 2022
US News & World Reports
A recent Stanford University study
on Denver's STAR program dispatches a two-person health team with a mental health provider and a paramedic instead of police for calls involving a nonviolent person with a mental health or substance abuse crisis. "We need to make sure these people get help rather than handcuffed," said Hannah Wesolowski, NAMI CAO
. Mental health teams, arriving with water and blankets, create a different environment. "They ask questions: Does your head hurt? How are you sleeping?" Wesolowski
said. "They connect with the person and try to get at the root of what's going on."