by J.C. Adams, Norine Yukon
Behavioral health crisis intervention is at the center of one of our culture’s biggest problems. Today these encounters are most often handled by law enforcement who are ill-equipped to handle these situations alone. Along with addressing healthcare inequities, we must make progress in law enforcement and criminal justice reform.
We must do more. While the benefits of partnering mental health clinicians with law enforcement via ride-alongs (co-responder programs) have proven to be highly effective 5, it is difficult to scale. The Cloud 911 mobile application was designed to connect police to remote mental health clinicians to enable the on-site treatment of patients experiencing mental health crises in the community. Cloud 911 provides officers with a secure, compassionate alternative for these citizens in crisis. Our innovation solution has received national awards and press because it has worked to reduce jail and hospital admissions. People deserve to be treated in the least restrictive environment possible.
Making telehealth crisis intervention available to all first responders and the people they serve helps local communities provide more appropriate care in the most cost efficient way. It’s the humane approach to law enforcement in these special situations.
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