University of Memphis


From: "'target'"


Subject: Re: [psysr-disc] Fwd: Clinicians Team with Police to Respond to Mentally Ill and Homeless

Date: Thu, December 31, 2015 11:05 pm


Twz and Yxw:

Unfortunately, those are 1% models and there is institutional change needed for the solution to be workable on the 99% level.

The C.I.T. project, which originated out of Memphis, TN, and is implemented (or partially so) in the NYC model, and in the San Mateo, CA model, is a "best practice" for that 1% approach.

The kind of social responsibility necessary to get to the "99%" approach exceeds the practices of today, by and large.

And bringing the Italian version, what they call "Basaglia's Vision," to the U.S. also needs much more insight and commitment than now obtains.




On Thu, December 31, 2015 7:39 am, Twz wrote:

Clinicians Team with Police to Respond to Mentally Ill and Homeless

Listen here.

Dec 29, 2015 by Cindy Rodriguez

The New York Police Department will soon have professional help when dealing with the mentally ill. Starting next month, the city says 12 licensed social workers and psychologists hired by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will team up with officers and form a specialized mental health unit to be housed within the police department.

Health Department official John Volpe, a special advisor on criminal justice, said the teams will respond mostly to calls from staff at homeless shelters that are specifically for the mentally ill, and from officers at local precincts who have identified people in crisis.

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