TA Coalition Webinar: Peer Specialists and Police as Partners Preventing Behavioral Health Crisis

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Law enforcement officers are often first responders to mental health calls of service.  In most cases these situations end with incarceration or hospitalization—neither of which are ideal outcomes.  Mental Health Association of Nebraska (MHA-NE), in partnership with the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) are increasing the presence of peer specialists and providing law enforcement officers and individuals experiencing a mental health crisis an alternative solution. Through MHA-NE’s peer outreach program, R.E.A.L., the LPD and Peer specialists are successfully reducing rates of incarceration and re-admission, while providing services and resources to individuals with severe mental health conditions.

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