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Law Enforcement and Justice

Keeping people out of crisis: Unit combines law enforcement, mental health worker [The Spokesman Review]

By Arielle Dreher, July 19, 2019 Spokane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Moman and Frontier Behavioral Health mental health clinician Holly Keller were riding around on their shift this summer when they got an urgent call. The family of a man who had run into traffic before had called 911 to report he was running away from home, and deputies who had already responded to the situation said he was not following commands. Moman and Keller rushed to the scene. When they arrived, the man was standing...

Washington Weighs an End to Locking Kids Up for Truancy [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

As a teenager in foster care , Zack Zibrosky was detained eight times, five for running away from the same group home where some of the other kids had a history of aggressive behavior. Running away is considered a status offense, an activity that is prohibited only if you are a minor. In between trips to detention, Zibrosky spent time on the streets. School fell by the wayside amidst all that upheaval. “Kids who are going through this obviously have some type of turmoil or something in their...

Electronic Home Monitoring [CascadiaWeekly.com]

When considering reforms to our local criminal justice system, three questions must be answered: are we reducing victimization, do we save taxpayer costs to systems and are we transforming or helping to stabilize the lives of people who enter the system? When it comes to Bellingham’s Electronic Home Monitoring program, we are doing all three. The program, now halfway into its second year, is part of our response to jail booking and housing restrictions imposed by the Sheriff. Starting over a...

Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team in Manchester, NH, helps children grapple with trauma, violence, addicted parents

An often-overlooked aspect of the opioid epidemic that has exploded across the U.S. in recent years is how often the abuse of heroin or prescription opiates is accompanied by domestic violence. This is tragic enough for the adults involved, but it’s a ticking time bomb for children who are exposed to these adversities, raising their risk for future drug use and multiple health and mental health conditions. Here’s how one community is trying to address the problem.

How we stopped sending students to jail [edweek.org]

As superintendents, we each have had the experience of being stunned, troubled, and moved to action by the rates at which schools were dispatching young people—especially boys of color and special-needs students—to the juvenile-justice system. And each of us has found that big changes in outcomes were possible. How? By moving away from simplistic zero-tolerance policies, toward an understanding of social-emotional learning and the underlying causes of disruptive behavior, and by changing...

What if Mental Health First Aid were as widespread as CPR? New York City's planning to do it [yesmagazine.org]

In February 2010, off-duty police officer Joseph C. Coffey was driving by a pond when he noticed a car partially submerged in it. He got out of his car and entered the water. He couldn’t open the front door, so he climbed through the back. There was a woman inside. As Coffey prepared to get her out, he began to sense that this wasn’t an accident. The woman wasn’t panicking. Instead, she was crying. She started talking about her personal problems. Coffey had been trained for this. In Warwick,...

Detectives now on-site at Family Support Center of South Sound [theolympian.com]

Detectives from the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office are on-site at the Family Support Center of South Sound one day a week, offering assistance to domestic violence victims. Detectives will be at the center, located at 201 Capitol Way N in Olympia, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The Family Support Center can be reached at 360-754-9297. The two agencies have long been partners, working alongside the Thurston County Prosecutor’s Office in the Family Justice Center, said Trish Gregory,...

Press Release: Washington Partnership Bolsters Parental Resilience, Documented in National Film

OLYMPIA, WA – The United States Children's Bureau (CB) has released Building Community, Building Hope , the inaugural film in a planned series aimed at documenting what's working across the country to help prevent child maltreatment and promote child well-being. In Washington, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Early Learning (DEL) joined together in a special partnership featured on the film, which focuses on innovative programs working to engage parents transitioning from...

Police will soon connect people to substance abuse, mental health services in Thurston County [theolympian.com]

People arrested in Lacey and unincorporated Thurston County could soon have access to mental health and substance abuse treatment through a pilot program. Officials hope to have the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program running by early June, Prosecutor Jon Tunheim announced Wednesday at a meeting hosted by the Black Alliance of Thurston County. The program would allow people arrested for minor offenses, such as public intoxication, urinating in public and low-level drug offenses, to...

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