09/19/2010

Maine cops respond to mental health crisis

Holes in the social-service network mean a more complex job for cops

Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND, Maine — With so many holes in the safety net, many mental health crises end up being jobs for the police, which too often turns county jails into de facto mental institutions.

It's not only an expensive way to deal with the problem, it's often ineffective. The Portland Police Department continues to be a leader in finding a better way.

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