Increased Police Use Of Crisis Intervention Tactics Has Caused Shortage Of Psychiatric Services

USA Today (9/23, Penzenstadler) reports that police agencies across the country, in embracing the Memphis Model, which “aims to de-escalate and divert people suffering a mental health crisis to services instead of jail,” are now facing “full hospitals and a shortage of psychiatric resources.”

Michele Saunders, the crisis intervention team coordinator for the state of Florida, says that in some ways this is a “good problem” because “a greater number get diverted from jail, and that increases the number into the treatment system.”

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— “Police crisis system taxes psychiatric resources,” Nick Penzenstadler, USA Today, September 23, 2014.

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