Jun 162018
 June 16, 2018  Posted by  Govt, Healthcare

Jessica Lipscomb reports:

In recent years, Miami-Dade County has been held up as a model for how the criminal justice system should handle people with mental illness or developmental disabilities. Much of that can be attributed to the work of Circuit Judge Steve Leifman, who created a jail diversion program for those with mental illness and developed a framework for “crisis intervention training” to help cops handle calls involving people with mental health issues.

Now, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa wants to take the county’s efforts one step further. This week, she proposed a voluntary registry that would help Miami-Dade police identify residents with disabilities and mental illness.

Read more on Miami New Times.

And did you know that if this registry goes into effect, it won’t be the first of its kind in this country?

Now I can picture a lot of reasons for people to jump up and down and yell about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions and the possible misuse of these registries, etc.  But before you do, please stop, breathe in and out verrrrry slowly at least 10 times, and then think about the pros and cons.  And if you think, on balance, that a registry could be a Good Thing, what else needs to be put into place to support it – like training for police as to how to deal with individuals with different types of challenges?

  One Response to “Miami-Dade Commissioner Wants Database of Mentally Ill Residents So Police Don’t Hurt Them”

  1. Interesting since I tweeted the other day about NYPD interactions with homeless & people on the street with mental illness. I have watched them de-escalated and take care of people who most people shut theirs eyes to. Don’t get me wrong, when mentally ill people harass others the police protect 1st however they usually have a relationship with the local mentally ill and never rush to arrest…they help them.

    A registry? That’s above this advocate’s pay grade.l

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