March is National Criminal Justice Month. When we think about mental health and the criminal justice system, we may conjure up images of prisons overflowing with people in need of mental health or addiction care, or negative – even fatal – interactions between police and people experiencing mental illness.
But thanks to increased awareness, advocacy and the hard work of organizations across the country, many law enforcement agencies are starting to get it right when it comes to policing and mental health.
This month, we’re focusing on progress around mental health in the criminal justice system by highlighting departments and agencies across the country that are using innovative strategies – like Mental Health First Aid training – to improve the way they interact with people facing mental illness or addiction.
Here’s how you can get involved and #BeTheDifference this month:
As always, thank you for continuing making a difference in your communities.