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Santa Fe Reporter

Ted Alcorn

22 December 2021

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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One of the nation's first programs using police officers to get people into drug treatment instead of jail succeeded at first, and inspired other programs throughout New Mexico. But the original Santa Fe program now s...

The Washington Post Magazine

Ted Alcorn

30 November 2021

Rio Arriba, New Mexico, United States

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Since 2018, Judge Jason Lidyard of Rio Arriba County, N.M., has forged a new model for a drug court. Instead of demanding abstinence from drugs as the price to stay out of jail, Lidyard uses respect and personal relat...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

24 November 2021

Alaska, United States

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Alaska has begun certifying peer support specialists with a free 40-hour training. Peer support specialists use their own experiences with mental health conditions or substance use to guide others dealing with similar...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Helen Ubiñas

22 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The group Moms Bonded By Grief went beyond the support-group work it has done for years for survivors of gun violence homicide victims to take 50 children and their mothers and grandmothers to a Poconos Mountains wate...

Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

12 November 2021

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque established a new city department, Albuquerque Community Safety, that handles some of the 200,000 calls to 911 every year for a range of low-level, non-violent problems that don't require a police response...

North Carolina Health News

Elizabeth Thompson

8 November 2021

North Carolina, United States

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Community health workers with North Carolina Formerly Incarcerated Transition Program (NC FIT) counsel people recently released from jails and prisons to help them get the care they need for mental and physical health...

Wired

Maytal Eyal

4 November 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philly Truce is a mobile app that lets people in crisis ask for help from volunteer conflict mediators without involving the police. The app connects people to social services and to volunteers who can help ensure tha...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

3 November 2021

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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To address Alaska’s high suicide rates, especially among youth, programs like the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training teaches people how to safely and confidently talk about suicide. The two-day training prov...

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Jenee Darden

1 November 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Until Oakland joins the list of cities sending counselors and social workers on emergency calls concerning mental health crises, a grassroots program called Mental Health First is diverting a small number of emergenci...

What's Next Magazine

Michael Hovde

1 November 2021

United States

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DontCallThePolice.com went online at the height of the 2020 social justice protests to give people a list of resources when they need help and might otherwise default to calling the police. The site is a directory of ...

WKMG-TV

Erik Sandoval

29 October 2021

Orlando, Florida, United States

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Orange County, Florida, courts have ordered thousands of mental-competency hearings in recent years to test whether criminal defendants are mentally capable of facing charges. If they are not, they get released, leavi...

Roll Call

Jim Saska

28 October 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Violence Intervention Program at Baltimore's Shock Trauma Center counsels victims of violence and links them to needed social services to try to keep them safe from future injury. Such hospital-based trauma care i...

The Kansas Leadership Center Journal (KLC Journal)

Mark Wiebe

Hunter Funk

27 October 2021

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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Since the early 2000s, when its overcrowded jail led to a decision to jail fewer people instead of adding more cells, Bexar County, Texas, has provided comprehensive help to people likely to end up jailed if social an...

WURD

Peak Johnson

25 October 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Healing Hurt People helps the survivors of gun violence and other assaults starting bedside in hospitals and continuing during a patient's recovery. The group, partnering with other services providers, treats mental t...

Mother Jones

Marisa Endicott

21 October 2021

San Francisco, California, United States

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Home Free is a small, transitional-housing program for women who served long prison sentences for crimes against or on behalf of their abusers. A population long neglected, the women are part of a community recovering...

The New York Times

Julie Turkewitz

18 October 2021

Bogotá, Colombia

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Bogotá’s city government started the Calm Line to give men a way to connect by telephone with psychologists trained in therapeutic responses to the machismo that leads to gender-based violence. Despite doubts that Col...

Nigeria Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

18 October 2021

Wase Local Government Area, Plateau State, Nigeria

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The Lifesaving Intervention Project offers postnatal services to mothers and newborns via community health workers who are trained in maternal and child health. After giving birth, the women receive follow-up care ove...

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Juan Moreno Haines

15 October 2021

San Quentin, California, United States

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To combat opioid overdose deaths among incarcerated people, the California prison system in January 2020 launched a treatment program that combines medication-assisted treatment with professional and peer counseling. ...

Los Angeles Times

Leila Miller

11 October 2021

California, United States

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Since the 1990s, California prisons' victim-aid office has arranged for crime victims to meet with the incarcerated people who harmed them or their family members. These victim-offender dialogues, a restorative-justic...

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Hayley Zhao

6 October 2021

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas' Rapid Integrated Group Healthcare Team dispatches clinicians and social workers with police to 911 calls for mental health crises. Within two days, the team follows up to make sure people received the services...

Stateline

Matt Vasilogambros

5 October 2021

United States

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Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have enacted red-flag laws, most of them since the 2018 Parkland, Fla., school shooting. The laws, also called extreme risk protection order laws, allow law enforcement off...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

5 October 2021

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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In 2019, Mesa police began diverting calls about suicide threats to a crisis line, where trained mental health professionals could provide counseling or dispatch a mobile crisis unit. Then they placed mental health pr...

The New York Times

Rachel Louise Snyder

1 October 2021

England

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The Respect Phoneline started in the UK in 2004 to give anonymous callers, usually men, a way to seek help for their violent impulses. Rather than putting the burden for resolving domestic violence on survivors and on...

Boulder Weekly

Jodi Hausen

30 September 2021

Boulder County, Colorado, United States

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Although several Colorado law enforcement agencies have trained officers on how to de-escalate interactions with people in a crisis, including people with disabilities, the state in 2022 will become the latest to mand...

The Cut

Melissa Jeltsen

22 September 2021

Moab, Utah, United States

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The case of Gabby Petito illustrates how decades-old laws meant to make police take domestic violence more seriously can backfire on the people who most need protection. Mandatory-arrest laws require police responding...

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