CRIMINAL LAW IN TENNESSEE - MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS


04 Aug

SLOWLY, THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS ARE STARTING TO REALIZE THE NEED FOR TREATMENT OF MENTALLY ILL PEOPLE WHO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM.


ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, PEOPLE EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS ARE MORE LIKELY TO MEET WITH THE POLICE THAN GET HELP.


ACCORDING TO THE BUREAU OF JUSTICE STATISTICS, 64% OF JAIL INMATES HAVE A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM. 


AT LEAST 27 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE LAWS REQUIRING OFFICERS TO BE TRAINED TO RESPOND TO MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDER ISSUES.


AT LEAST 10 STATES HAVE LEGISLATIVELY CREATED REQUIREMENTS AND/OR GUIDELINES FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAMS.  THESE TEAMS ARE FORMAL PARTNERSHIPS AMONG POLICE DEPARTMENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS THAT ENSURE RESPONDING PERSONNEL ARE TRAINED TO IDENTIFY, ASSESS AND DE-ESCALATE CRISIS SITUATIONS..


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