Veronica is an award-winning peer recovery coach, helping people navigate the challenges she faced. When asked what or who she credits for her recovery, Veronica doesn’t hesitate to say ongoing MAT and caring recovery coaches, but, she lowers her voice, her colleagues don’t know.
Ron Bruno, a retired Utah police officer and CEO of Crisis Response Programs and Training, says mental health shouldn't come in a police car.
On average, every Congress, 10,000 bills are introduced. Sarah Corcoran, vice president of government relations at Guide Consulting Services, notes that “only around 300-500 pass.” “The odds are not in their favor,” she says. The current legislative session, which began January 3, 2021, has seen 16,833 bills introduced. So far,
When Congress amended the Communications Act of 1934, designating 988 as the nationwide three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the language focused on suicide prevention and mental health crises. The landmark National Suicide Hotline Designation Act became public law in October 2020. States across the United States quickly
Across state agencies, people speak different languages. It can be a hindrance to cross-sectoral collaboration between Medicaid and offices of behavioral health, says Lindsey Browning, program director at the National Association of Medicaid Directors. “There’s sometimes a hesitancy, on both sides, to step into each other’s world and get the
Chief Murphy J. Paul grew up in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. He’s been in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, starting his career as an Orleans Levee District Police officer before joining the Louisiana State Police, where he retired as a Deputy Superintendent in 2018. Today, he’s Chief of
As the Covid variant Omicron surged across the United States, people in hard-hit communities were flooding nearby emergency rooms—some because they were sick with the virus, while others were in search of Covid tests. Dr. Benjamin Druss says emergency room use during times of crisis holds up a mirror to
In Los Angeles County, calls that come into 911 or even its non-emergency business lines are, by default, considered higher risk. Historically, these level four calls have resulted in law enforcement dispatch or a co-responder team. (Co-responder models are typically two-person teams that comprise a police officer or emergency medical
Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, lay in the street with his arms high in the air. He told officers that the man next to him, Arnaldo Rios Soto, had severe autism and didn’t have a weapon. “All he has is a toy truck in his hand. A toy truck.” “That’s
Steve Hamerdinger says living as a deaf person is an ongoing, exhausting battle for respect and to be understood. When he was young, his parents didn’t permit him to learn sign language. “They didn’t allow me to interact with deaf people,” he says. It wasn’t until he dropped out of