Easing Interactions with Mentally Ill Individuals to Avoid Tragedies

Earlier this month, Paterson police killed a partially naked man who suffered from mental illness. A similar incident occurred in March, in Toms River. But law enforcement encounters with these special-needs individuals don’t have to end this way.

In fact, the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Mental Health Stigma is scheduled today to recognize a half-dozen law enforcement entities that have helped improve interactions between uniformed officers and individuals with mental illness in an effort to avoid these violent scenarios and, if possible, connect those in need with real help.

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