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In Milwaukee, And Cities Across The Country, Mental Health Workers Partner With Cops to Heal Those Left in the Wake of Violence Through A Science-Driven Police Reform That May Be Immune to Trump-Era Politics.
Buzzfeed – 2.9.17
Jails and prisons across the country have become de facto mental health hospitals, with police officers as the first point of entry. More than 2,000 police departments across the U.S. now offer Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training so officers can identify signs of mental health crises, yet in 2015, 25% of the individuals killed by police had a severe mental illness. As part of the effort to improve police response to people with mental health needs, cities across the U.S. are now implementing trauma-informed policing and establishing Trauma-Informed Response Teams (TRT). Through this method, officers and clinicians partner to support people who have witnessed a violent crime. In recent years, the urgency to address childhood trauma has surged due to more thorough research of the long term impacts it can have in kids’ lives. Neurologists have found that repeated exposure to violence can change a child’s brain and put them in a constant state of fight or flight. Steven Dykstra, director of TRT, suggests that “one of the things we’re trying to do is to improve the odds that these children will develop well…There are a lot of forces in their life that are reducing the odds on good development. What can we do to boost their odds a little bit?”
In 2015, large college campuses in the U.S. reported having an average of one licensed mental health provider per 3,500 students. This shortage in professional support is especially concerning since, according to a report from the Center for Collegiate Mental Health, one in three students who sought counseling in 2016 had seriously contemplated suicide at some point in their lives. The lack of services for students experiencing mental health needs has resulted in long wait times to meet with a provider on campus. In response, frustrated students from many universities have signed a petition demanding expanded services. The petition states that “students are turned away every day from receiving the treatment they need, and multiple suicide attempts and deaths go virtually ignored each semester.” The article shares data collected from schools and shares the experiences of students who have confronted this barrier to care.
Report Outlines New Therapeutic Approach Coming to L.A. County Juvenile Detention Facility
The Chronicle of Social Change – 2.3.17
The Children’s Defense Fund released a report summarizing a new program model, known as the L.A. Model, being piloted in Los Angeles County. The model consists of “a collection of therapeutic-based practices aimed at improving care for youth in Los Angeles County juvenile detention facilities.” This model was designed for high-risk young people ordered to attend a juvenile hall or camp, and will be piloted at Campus Kilpatrick before extending across the country. The new approach hopes to shift crowded facilities into therapeutic, small group environments that promote a culture of care and respect among staff and youth. The article highlights the 10 key elements of the model, including engagement of families and individualized programming. The report also includes recommendations for supporting the implementation of the L.A. Model.
Rehab For Mothers – And Their Children – Allows Them To Recover Together
Philly.com – 2.8.17
Charging Youth as Adults has Public Health Impact, Report Says
The Chronicle of Social Change – 2.6.17
Rise In Calls To Childline For Mental Health Issues Prompts Call For Action
The Guardian – 2.5.17
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