Calif. program to put mental health professionals on the street
Proponents say clinicians all licensed registered nurses, marriage family therapists, clinical social workers or psychologists paired with officers that have gotten extra training on dealing with the mentally ill can help keep them out of the criminal justice system and ease the strains on the county's overcrowded jails.
By Shaun Bishop
San Jose Mercury News
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The call went out over the police radio: a schizophrenic man in his 40s was off his medication and getting aggressive with family members. Officers got to the scene and decided to call for backup, but not just more men in blue.