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RESOURCES FOR CONCERNED FAMILY MEMBERS

RESOURCES FOR EMPLOYERS

LAW ENFORCEMENT RESOURCES 

Interactions between law enforcement and individuals with mental health challenges have led to tragedy. Following the death of a young man who had mental illness at the hands of a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee, the community there came together to develop an award-winning model of jail diversion and community policing that has saved lives and helped individuals receive treatment rather than incarceration.

We at Mental Health Partnerships were leaders in the advocacy initiative that resulted in the Philadelphia Police Department’s adoption of the Crisis Intervention Team model, which has since been adopted in communities around the country.

UNDERSTANDING AND COMBATING HOMELESSNESS

  • A fact sheet provided by the National Coalition for the Homeless provides statistics on the incidence of mental illness among homeless people: between 20% and 25% of individuals who are homeless have serious mental illnesses, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In addition, half of those who are homeless and have mental illnesses also have substance use disorders.
  • Housing First is a program model where people first receive housing and then are connected with treatment and supports. It has been shown to be effective in helping break the cycle of homelessness.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a collection of resources for communities seeking to reduce homelessness. 

INFORMATION ABOUT COMMUNITY INTEGRATION 

Mental Health Partnerships is a partner in the Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion, which is devoted to promoting community integration for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Visit their website for more information and resources.