June 17, 2016

Police May Not Be Trained to Handle Mental Health Situations

According to a Governing.com article, 10% of 911 calls involve mental health situations that most police aren’t prepared to handle.  Many of these situations occur because of undiagnosed conditions that are unknown to the police.

While around 3% of adults suffer from severe mental illness, they make up from 25% to 50% of all fatal law enforcement encounters.

Mental health advocates say that comprehensive solutions are needed, such as emergency personnel working with hospitals to follow up with patients to make sure they are taking their prescribed medication.

Connecticut law requires police training programs to include a course on handling incidents involving people affected with a serious mental illness (CGS § 7-294r).