The City of Atlanta announced a collaboration with Fulton County Justice and Mental Health Task Force leaders and other local agencies to ensure all city residents have access to behavioral and mental health services, especially when in crisis.
“Mental health affects communities across Atlanta,” said Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “Given the uncertainty and stressors of the last year, it is more important than ever that we reach those suffering before it is too late. This partnership will help us quickly and effectively serve those who are struggling.”
Law enforcement has been the default response to all 911 calls for service, including incidents involving individuals experiencing crises related to behavioral health disorders and/or intellectual and developmental disabilities. To truly achieve the vision of reducing unnecessary detention for Atlantans, it is critical to have a robust crisis system of care and diversionary strategies to provide support and ensure public safety.
Click to read the full article @Atlanta Tribune