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LA Is Trying To Figure Out How To Stop Using Police For Mental Health Calls

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Psychiatric Technician Connie Villareal inside a county "therapeutic transport" van. (Courtesy L.A. Dept. of Mental Health)
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Last year, L.A. city and county leaders promised to reimagine how to respond to mental health crises. The push came amid calls for broader police reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd and several deaths at the hands of law enforcement in L.A.

There has been some movement at the city and county levels, albeit fairly incremental.

Perhaps the biggest effort is centered around a city plan to develop an unarmed model of crisis response that would divert non-violent calls for mental health and substance use situations completely away from law enforcement.

That one’s still very much in the works, and we know few details.

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