The Madison, Wisconsin Community Alternative Response for Emergency Services (or CARES) program answered over half of the city’s mental health calls in 2022. This totaled 935 calls within their first year of operation, and “only 3% of CARES calls resulted in transfers to MPD officers, who, by state law, are the only people who can engage in emergency detentions.” Imagine how many people will be helped by this program instead of hurt during a crisis. Read more here.
Individuals with mental health issues are often mistreated during a crisis. They may be put into the back of a police car and transported to mental health facilities across the state. Wisconsinites are standing up to this challenging situation and petitioning for various solutions, such as regional crisis centers and psychiatric emergency rooms. Learn more here.
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been updated to included prolonged grief as a recognized mental disorder. This could have implications in criminal cases involving defendants who are suffering from prolonged grief after experiencing trauma.