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NYC's Non-Police Mental Health Pilot Increasing Rate of Those Getting Aid, Data Show

WNBC-TV

Broadcast TV News / Under 3 Minutes

In its first month as a pilot project in a part of Harlem, New York's Behavioral Health Emergency Assistance Response Division (B-HEARD) handled one-quarter of 911 calls for mental health crises. Despite fears of danger to the teams of social workers and paramedics, police backup was needed only ...

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Eugene, Oregon, Police Chief: Sending Unarmed Crisis Specialists On Mental Health Calls Saves Lives

WBUR

Radio Talk Show / 5-15 Minutes

The police chief in Eugene, Ore., home of the CAHOOTS program, which other communities see as the model for finding alternatives to policing, supports the program because it saves lives and saves the city money. Sending unarmed medics and social workers on calls involving behavioral health proble...

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For girls with mothers in prison, a summer camp offers much-needed support

PBS NewsHour

Broadcast TV News / 5-15 Minutes

For three days each summer, the Girls Embracing Mothers (GEM) camp near Dallas gives girls an escape from their daily reality of being denied a normal relationship with their incarcerated mothers. Founded by a lawyer whose own mother was incarcerated, GEM combines typical summer-camp fun with tru...

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Can ‘Bad Men' Ever Change?

The Cut

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Among the many restorative justice programs in the U.S., the Domestic Violence Safe Dialogue program was one of the few to arrange face-to-face dialogue between survivors and men who had violently abused women. This form of surrogate dialogue – the pairings are between strangers – helps two peopl...

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Outgunned: Why California's groundbreaking firearms law is failing

CalMatters

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Two decades ago, California became the first state to create a system to track and seize guns from people no longer legally permitted to possess a gun. Thousands of guns have been seized. But the database of gun owners now barred from gun possession because of a violent offense, a serious mental ...

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Tourism in time of pandemic. How the Safar Project opened minds and borders

News48

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An Italian travel writer and a publishing house partnered to recreate the experience of travel to new places, providing tourists with a virtual experience and tour guides with a source of income to replace their lost businesses when the pandemic shut down actual travel. Called the Sarar project (...

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What Do Police Know About Teenagers? Not Enough.

The New York Times

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"Policing the teen brain" is a training regimen devised by Strategies for Youth that teaches police officers to de-escalate conflicts with adolescents to avoid unnecessary incarceration. Youth detention has dropped significantly since Tippecanoe County put most of its officers through the trainin...

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What can East Lansing expect from its police oversight commission?

WSYM-TV

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

When Ann Arbor created a citizen panel overseeing its police department, it chose the approach that research shows is the one best suited to having real authority, and thus the most likely to reduce racial disparities in arrests and police shootings. It's too soon to know if the agency's investig...

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VigilanS, le dispositif anti-suicide qui résiste au Covid

Médiacités

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Depuis 2015 dans le Nord-Pas-de-Calais, des infirmières et des psychologues assurent un suivi pendant six mois des personnes ayant commis une tentative de suicide. Cet outil de recontact a été étendu à l’ensemble de la France en raison de ses très bons résultats. Les tentatives de suicides ont ba...

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How Mental Health First Responders in an Oregon City 'De-escalate' Conflict and Save Lives

People

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CAHOOTS has become a national model because of its uncommon partnership with the Eugene Police Department. The police chief says CAHOOTS' unarmed first responders to mental health crises can de-escalate crises before crimes occur or someone gets hurt. That's the idea behind the decades-old agency...

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The Car Crashes That Go Undetected

Bloomberg CityLab

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The Vision Zero program many cities use to reduce traffic deaths depends on data to inform where to target safety measures like redesigned streets and speed limits. But, when significant numbers of crashes, particularly involving pedestrians and bicycles, go missing in the data, the interventions...

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Keeping People Out of Jail Keeps People Out of Jail

Reasons to be Cheerful

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When prosecutors in Boston and Baltimore stopped prosecuting certain non-violent, minor offenses, crime of all sorts, from minor to violent, went down. Getting prosecuted and jailed can in itself increase the probability that people will get in more trouble. When their mistakes are not compounded...

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