NAMI is pleased to announce the launch of Serving Safely, a national initiative to help police and sheriffs’ departments effectively respond to mental health crises. Funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, “Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities” will be a one-stop shop for communities—specifically law enforcement agencies—to request training and technical assistance. Through the initiative’s work, law enforcement agencies will be better prepared to interact with people experiencing mental illness or developmental disabilities and their families.
Will this stop law enforcement from arresting someone who had an altercation but is cooperative with them? Arresting a person when family calls for help due to mental health crisis only compound the problem and the person becomes more distrustful, isolating from the very ones that love and tried to get help.