In Austin, when a person dials 911, the call taker asks, “Are you calling for police, fire, EMS, or mental health services?” Adding mental health as an option is groundbreaking and part of the city’s crisis call diversion initiative where clinicians are co-located on the 911 call center’s operations floor.
When Bill O’Quin's son, David, experienced a mental health crisis, police officers took him to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. Thirteen days later, David died. Prison staff had left him for days in a restraint chair, resulting in blood clots in the deep veins of his lower right leg.
Today, Dr. Michael Allen talks with #CrisisTalk about the new CMS payment model ET3—Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport, which allows for earlier diversion of people in mental health crisis. Under the new payment model, ambulance services can divert lower-acuity medical cases and psychiatric crises to facilities that better match the
Today, we talk to Debra A. Pinals, M.D., about the Elijah McClain case and the controversial excited delirium syndrome diagnosis. Though the case happened in 2019, the diagnosis has recently caught the attention of the mainstream population and the medical field alike because of the application of ketamine by paramedics
Singer Keith England had just finished his Sunday evening gig at the Standing Room in Hermosa Beach, California. It was about 9:30 p.m. when he began heading down Pier Ave. and crossed paths with a young man who asked him for help.
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