What if mental health workers responded to emergency calls? | Leslie Herod

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What if mental health workers responded to emergency calls? | Leslie Herod

Monday, 15 March

When you report an emergency in the US, police, firefighters or paramedics answer the call. What if mental health professionals responded, too? Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod shares a straightforward and research-backed approach that brings heart and humanity to criminal justice rather than unnecessary fines and arrests -- and keeps crises from escalating into traumatic, or even deadly, events.
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