Keeping with the public policy surrounding policing and corruption----we look at how or social services are being corporatized, corrupted, and MOVING FORWARD TO FAR-RIGHT ABUSE.
All national media releases over and over and over is---US is in a mental health/substance abuse crises ------it now seems 99% OF WE THE PEOPLE are either tied to depression, addiction, violence, black market illegal economies, and as in Baltimore media it seems WE ARE ALL LOSING HOPE----WE ARE ALL FEELING HOPELESS. We hear in Baltimore-----WE CANNOT STOP MOVING FORWARD-----OH, REALLY? Actually it is easy peasy if we do not allow those 5% pols and players and those mainstream news outlets we KNOW ARE JUKING STATS create that environment.
WE ARE BEING SURROUNDED BY FAR-RIGHT CORPORATE FASCISM WITH FAKE LABOR AND JUSTICE NON-PROFITS----FAKE MEDIA----THIS IS WHAT GLOBAL 1% IS CALLING A CORPORATE COUP------KNOW WHAT? THAT GLOBAL 1% HAS NO POWER WITHOUT THOSE 5% POLS AND PLAYERS.
ONE HAS TO ASK-----WHY DOES BALTIMORE HAVE SO MANY CITIZENS TIED TO OPIATE TREATMENTS? WE HAD THESE FEW DECADES BALTIMORE PUBLIC HEALTH ---MENTAL HEALTH CLINICS TIED TO TREATMENTS FOR ADDICTIONS AS QUESTIONABLE.
It is because Baltimore has absolutely no oversight and accountability in completely outsourced to a gazillion non-profits and mental health chain corporations that these kinds of frauds fill Baltimore and create that addictive cycle and crises as described in this article. IT IS DONE DELIBERATELY.
It is crazy for a once strongest in world history Democratic Republic with a government built with CHECKS AND BALANCES, US RULE OF LAW, AND A STRONG PUBLIC JUSTICE SYSTEM to be reduced to Baltimore third world nihilism. When we read in media the culture of OVER-PRESCRIPTION OF OPIATES---THIS IS IT.
'and the Health Department is asking City Police to deploy patrol officers trained and equipped with naloxone, an opioid overdose treatment'.
N Baltimore pain clinic raided by the Feds, city health department says overdoses could spike
5:51 PM, Apr 27, 2017
- Emergency Departments may see an increase in patients presenting with an overdose and with symptoms of withdrawal.
- Emergency Medical Services may receive more calls than usual to respond to overdoses and people suffering from withdrawal.
- Baltimore Crisis Response, Inc. may experience an increase in calls to the Crisis Information and Referral line from people in crisis or seeing help getting access to treatment.
- Fentanyl Task Force Members to reach out to partners to let them know of the possibility of overdose spikes.
- Baltimore Police Department to deploy officers trained and equipped with naloxone for patrol at least through next week, if possible.
BHSB will be positioning peer navigators near the facility to assist those who may need access to treatment and BCHD will continue monitoring the situation and will coordinating the city-wide response.
Please contact me with any questions, and thank you very much for alerting your teams to the potential crisis.
"The concern here is that patients of this prescriber who may have been receiving opioids prescribed by him could go into withdrawal because they don't have access to medications that they're used to taking, or could seek out other substances on the street and wind up overdosing," Mark O’Brien, Baltimore City Health Department Director of Opioid Overdose and Treatment said.
He says it's all hands on deck. Emergency rooms may see more OD’s, call centers could have a surge in folks looking for treatment, and the Health Department is asking City Police to deploy patrol officers trained and equipped with naloxone, an opioid overdose treatment.
As for the 67-year-old doctor's patients, they just want help.
"I gotta try to find me another doctor, that's basically what I’m gonna have to do because I don't think this gonna be open up any time soon,” the woman said.
If you went to Dr. Kofi Shaw-Taylor's clinic, or just need help with addiction or mental health issues, you can call the city crisis 24-hour hotline at 410-433-5175.
We shouted loudly that deregulation of our strong public health regulations and patient protections include handing out these naloxone/fentanyl treatments we already know will lead to addiction, overdose, and black market sale. But they are NAME BRAND NEWLY PATENTED PHARMA so we need to saturate the Baltimore communities with this deregulated medical procedure and say it is saving lives. We are sure it will save some lives----it is KILLING OUR STRONG US PUBLIC HEALTH STRUCTURES and police officers are now in this loop.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Investigations launched by three agencies into a psychological firm tasked with assessing the mental health of Baltimore's police, including an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, are raising questions about whether officer
Psych firm that screens Baltimore cops under review
Associated Press, AP Published 5:23 p.m. ET Aug. 6, 2015
BALTIMORE (AP) - Investigations launched by three agencies into a psychological firm tasked with assessing the mental health of Baltimore's police, including an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, are raising questions about whether officers are adequately screened for psychological issues before being placed on active duty.
Baltimore's law department and inspector general have opened investigations into Psychology Consultants Associated and the firm's president, Kenneth Sachs, after allegations of contractual violations were made, said Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the city.
And the Maryland State Police, which also holds a contract with PCA, has already taken action. The agency placed the firm on probation in June after an investigation showed PCA was completing evaluations of officers' mental stability in 15 minutes instead of the 45 minutes required by the state contract, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
Experts say 15 minutes is far too short to adequately conduct psychological assessments, either for police applicants or officers seeking to return to active duty.
Harris said PCA is the police department's sole contractor for psychological evaluations of officers. The contract is still active and will remain in place "pending the conclusion of the investigation," he said.
Maj. Stephen Reynolds, assistant warden of the Carroll County Detention Center, which uses PCA's services on a case-by-case basis but does not hold a contract with the firm, said he plans on speaking with Sachs and "gaining his perspective before taking any further action."
As part of his contract with Baltimore police, Sachs assessed the mental health and fitness for duty of officers who were removed from active duty due to psychological problems.
That should have included Lt. Brian Rice, who was hospitalized over mental health concerns in April 2012 and had his guns confiscated by Carroll County sheriff's deputies. Court records and the sheriff's reports raised concerns about Rice's self-control and judgment. Rice was accused in June 2012 of removing a semi-automatic handgun from the trunk of his personal vehicle and threatening the mother of his child.
Michael A. Wood, a retired Baltimore police sergeant who said he wrote the department's medical policy, said Rice "absolutely would have had a fitness for duty evaluation, and would have been referred to PCA. It would have been required."
In May, Rice was charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office in Gray's death from injuries suffered while in police custody. Five other officers were also charged in connection with Gray's death, which prompted mass protests, as well as looting and rioting.
Baltimore Police referred questions about PCA to City Hall.
In the past five years, PCA has worked with more than a dozen Maryland law enforcement agencies, including the Baltimore City Schools Police, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Department and the Baltimore City Sheriff's Department.
The state police placed Sachs and PCA on probation June 10 after determining the firm spent 15 minutes evaluating the mental health of officers seeking to return to active duty, and of police academy applicants, state police documents showed.
A June 10 performance report from the state police said the investigation was triggered by a complaint.
The complaint came from psychologist Tali Shokek, whom Sachs offered part-time work. In an email she forwarded to city and state agencies, Sachs told her, "it takes me 15-20 minutes to interview and dictate a boilerplate report."
"You'll see 3-4 per hour and get paid $50 each," Sachs wrote to Shokek.
Richard Berger, a lawyer for Sachs, denied the allegations.
Greg Shipley, a state police spokesman, said Sachs and his firm are still on probation and being monitored to ensure the contract requirements are being met. Sachs still holds an active contract with the agency.
Jack Leeb, a psychologist whose firm performs psychological assessments for 30 law enforcement agencies in Maryland said screenings typically take him at least 40 minutes.
"If you have a young person with no significant issues, he's never been arrested or done drugs - those types of things - if the answers are no, no, no, no, the interview could take as little as 20 minutes," Leeb said. "But that's just the interview. To dictate the report, that takes between 10 and 15 minutes by itself. In a really clean case it would take 35 minutes, and that would be on the low side. But 15 minutes for the whole thing? They can't possibly be asking all the questions."
Dr. Lewis Schlosser, a police psychologist with the Institute for Forensic Psychology, said his pre-employment screening interviews take roughly 30 minutes. A fitness for duty assessment for an officer on administrative leave takes between one and two hours.
Philip Deitchman, director of human resources for the Department of Juvenile Services, which also contracted with Sachs' firm, expressed concern about Sachs in intradepartmental emails obtained by AP.
"This alert does not surprise me," Deitchman wrote in a June 5 email after a state police official sent him an email saying Sachs was "short cutting the required clinical interview and boiler plating the written results." Deitchman's own email mentioned "the lack of in depth reports and the inconsistency of his reports."
Department of Juvenile Services spokesman Eric Solomon said the agency has not received any complaints about Sachs, and is in the process of renewing its contract with his firm.
Additionally, Sachs and his firm are the subject of a lawsuit involving allegations of shoddy screenings. Baltimore police officer Angeline Todman, who had bipolar disorder, killed herself with her service weapon just five days after Sachs deemed her fit to return to active duty following two involuntary hospitalizations.
Todman had been committed to a hospital due to paranoia, hallucinations and drastic changes in behavior. Four months later she was hospitalized a second time, and upon her release asked to be reinstated. Sachs denied her request, but ultimately found her fit for duty and authorized the return of her service weapon.
Marc Rosen, an attorney representing Todman's family, said Sachs apparently "had very limited contact" with Todman.
"I see very little time expended with the patient by anyone qualified," he told AP.
'The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report on that department’s policies found that officers end up in unnecessarily violent confrontations with mentally disabled people who in many instances haven’t even committed crimes'.
What US Justice investigations found in Baltimore was this very thing------the Baltimore citizens most likely killed or exposed to brutal treatment by police were later found to be mentally or physically challenged. This report sited the most obvious case of a man in a wheelchair shot dead by police because he did not listen to police directions.
The policing policy of EXCESS FORCE during Obama's two terms was indeed behind much of these unnecessary actions=====but, as well we have a growing recruitment of police often from recent military service combined with absolutely no mental health evaluations of these police officers. Police-involved shootings have historically required those police officers to be evaluated----with hundreds of such cases these several years of excessive force-----we have large numbers of citizens tied to mental and physical disability victims of abusive conduct.
Is all this racial? Well, looking back at far-right wing authoritarian militaristic corporate fascism----HITLER, STALIN, MAO----it escalates from one population to any population group ------allowing a diagnosis of mental illness or disability is the first IDENTIFIER in MOVING FORWARD police state.
When media speaks of large percentages of US citizens on the streets tied to addictions and mental illness---it is simply the same REAGAN-ERA dismantlement of our US public mental health system that did indeed treat holistically these few decades later.........we have an epidemic of people left untreated.
NO BOUNDARIES COALITION is a 5% FAKE ALT RIGHT ALT LEFT group tied to OPEN BORDERS OPEN SOCIETY-------which of course is UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL 1% NEO-LIBERAL------so these are not leaders on ending POLICE STATE just as BLACK LIVES MATTER is not-
'Ray Kelly, a leader of the No Boundaries Coalition, a Baltimore advocacy group, said he didn’t believe Baltimore police have succeeded in separating law-abiding citizens from criminal suspects, “so they definitely don’t take the time to separate the mentally ill from the criminal element or the average Joe buying drugs on one of our corners'.”
Justice Department focuses on police treatment of mentally ill
By The Associated Press
PUBLISHED: August 30, 2016 at 1:46 am | UPDATED: August 30, 2016 at 1:51 am
By Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill.
The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report on that department’s policies found that officers end up in unnecessarily violent confrontations with mentally disabled people who in many instances haven’t even committed crimes.
The report cited instances of officers using a stun gun to subdue an agitated man who refused to leave a vacant building and of spraying mace to force a troubled person — said by his father to be unarmed and off his medications — out of an apartment.
Though past federal investigations have addressed the problem, the Baltimore report went a step further: It was the first time the Justice Department has explicitly found that a police department’s policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The finding is intended to chart a path to what federal officials hope will be far-reaching improvements, including better training for dispatchers and officers, diversion of more people to treatment rather than jail and stronger relationships with mental health specialists.
“Through the course of our work in the last several years on this bucket of issues, we’ve seen how important it is to get at the mental health issues as early in the system as possible,” Vanita Gupta, head of the department’s Civil Rights Division, said in an interview.
Civil rights officials say the Baltimore report builds on work they’ve done in investigating the treatment of the mentally ill in various settings. In Mississippi, the Hinds County jail in June agreed to better screening for mental illness as part of a settlement, and the Justice Department sued the state as a whole this month, saying it was illegally making mentally ill people go into state-run psychiatric hospitals.
But it’s the work with police departments that often attracts the most attention. Even as police forces improve training and develop intervention teams to respond to individuals in the throes of a crisis, concerns remain that officers aren’t adequately equipped for the situations and are being forced to fill the void of a resource-starved mental health infrastructure.
More than 14 percent of male jail inmates and 31 percent of female inmates are affected by serious mental illness, according to a July speech by Justice Department official Eve Hill, who said society has for too long relied on arrests and jail rather than treatment for the mentally ill.
“From the standpoint of police, they are somewhat frustrated because many of the people who are walking the streets and who are in need of help are not getting it,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum. “They have been out on the streets, they can’t afford medication, and so the police wind up being the only one they come in contact with.”
The Justice Department has incorporated treatment of the mentally ill into several of its wide-ranging civil rights investigations of troubled police departments.
“I think some police departments have really made it a priority and are doing quite a bit. I don’t know that that’s consistent across all the departments,” said Amy Watson, a mental health policy professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A 2011 Justice Department report on Seattle criticized officers for too quickly resorting to force when encountering people with mental illness or under the influence of drugs.
In Cleveland, officers were found to use stun guns against people with limited cognitive abilities, and in one case used one on a suicidal deaf man who may not have understood their commands, according to a 2014 report.
Albuquerque, New Mexico officers responding to a domestic violence complaint used the same tactic on a man who had doused himself with gasoline, the Justice Department said.
Those cities have since reached court-enforceable consent decrees aimed at overhauling practices.
The Portland police department, which also came under investigation, agreed to new training and accountability measures under a settlement. A federal monitor in February found the Seattle police department was sending trained crisis intervention officers to “crisis events in the great majority of instances” and had given some level of training to all officers in the last two years.
Federal officials hope for a similar resolution in Baltimore, where the Justice Department says police have provided minimal training on responding to mental health crises. Under an agreement in principle, Baltimore has pledged to work more closely with disability organizations and mental health providers.
But, Gupta said, improvements can occur only if there’s a system with resources in place to help the police.
“It’s not about casting blame on specific actors. It’s about making sure that there is adequate support for community-based mental health services in compliance with federal law,” she said.
Ray Kelly, a leader of the No Boundaries Coalition, a Baltimore advocacy group, said he didn’t believe Baltimore police have succeeded in separating law-abiding citizens from criminal suspects, “so they definitely don’t take the time to separate the mentally ill from the criminal element or the average Joe buying drugs on one of our corners.”
He said he hoped the report would foster better collaboration between police and mental health experts, so that if there’s a possibility that officers are dealing with someone who’s disabled, they “would call a professional that’s prepared to work with this instead of using aggressive manhandling tactics like they’ve used in the past.”
All across the nation are 99% of WE THE PEOPLE shouting the police departments should not be involved in mental health evaluations-----medical treatments------and yet in Baltimore these policies are soaring. As we heard in the most recent case of a corrupt doctor involved in illegal drug trafficing-----the public health announcement was a task-force of police officers ready to medical treat and evaluate mental illness.
Baltimore media has posted an article saying that is NOT what policing policy is in Baltimore when WE KNOW that is indeed what the POLICING POLICY is in Baltimore.
So, what a team BRATTON/BATTS installed those few years was this progressively far-right wing, authoritarian global 1% corporate fascist structure involving police/security/mental health and identifying people as COMPROMISED IN MENTAL HEALTH.
Again, we are not rocket scientists ----we simply know history and history repeats itself.
'It also was not immediately clear whether or when all of Rice's guns were returned. The sheriff's report said the weapons "should be returned back to owner pending determination of the (censored)." But Rice was accused in June 2012 of removing a semi-automatic handgun from the trunk of his personal vehicle and threatening McAleer, according to a complaint filed in 2013. A police report about that June 2012 incident omitted any reference to allegations that Rice brandished a weapon but noted that officers who responded spent hours searching for Rice over concerns for his welfare.
Baltimore police were made aware of worries that Rice might pose a risk to himself or others, according to the April 2012 sheriff's report. Sheriff's deputies spoke to a police commander for the city's western district, where Rice worked, who initially requested that deputies not fax the report with details about their experiences with Rice because he would make arrangements to pick up a copy of the report and Rice's service weapon. The official, whose name is twice misspelled, appeared to be James Handley, a police major who now heads Baltimore police's property division'.
Keep in mind---in Baltimore all social services have been privatized including SOCIAL WORKERS----we now have corporate social workers and yes, they are tied to the corporate far-right ethos.
Baltimore police want to pair officers with mental health professionals
Michael Dresser and Justin GeorgeContact ReportersThe Baltimore Sun FEB 20, 2015
Baltimore's police commissioner wants to team mental health professionals with police officers and deploy them on emergency calls involving disturbed individuals to calm tense situations and decrease the need to use force.
"Having an officer and a clinician in a car, that's a big thing," Commissioner Anthony W. Batts told Baltimore's House delegation Friday in Annapolis.
Batts gave a wide-ranging briefing on department developments while continuing to pledge his desire to transform the force into one that addresses social, economic and health issues driving crime while fighting it.
Batts wants to form 18 teams made up of one police officer and one mental health professional who would respond to emergency calls where mental illness is suspected. He said such teams could make a big difference in dealing with people who are homeless, suicidal or have mental health problems.
The teams would be split among the city's nine police districts, with half working day shifts and the others on night shifts, Batts said.
The commissioner told the delegation that a similar program has been place for 12 to 15 years in Long Beach, Calif., where he used to work.
Capt. Robert McCullough talks about how the Baltimore County Police Department has added more blacks and women to its ranks during the nearly 30 years he's been with the department. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun)
State Sen. Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, a Democrat whose district straddles the city-county line, has introduced a bill that would require that city and Baltimore County police establish such programs by June 1, 2016, though it does not include funding.
Police train all new officers on how to deal with calls involving people suspected of being mentally ill and review shootings to aid in training.
But the Baltimore Police Department has faced criticism amid allegations of excessive use of force and other misconduct. A Baltimore Sun investigation found that the city has paid nearly $6 million in court judgments and settlements in more than 100 lawsuits filed since 2011. The U.S. Justice Department is reviewing department policies and practices at Batts' request.
Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts listens to a question during a recent session with the press at police headquarters. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)
In May, Baltimore police came under scrutiny after two officers fired a Taser five times at a 19-year-old Good Samaritan Hospital patient while assisting hospital staff and security who could not control him. George V. King Jr. went into cardiac arrest and died six days later while on life support.
An autopsy determined that King died after a lengthy struggle and complications caused by meningitis. Prosecutors who reviewed the police response said the meningitis led to "extensive destruction" of brain cells, and King became "aggressive, combative and disoriented, possibly because of the medication he had been given."
No criminal charges were filed against the officers involved.
The incident and the community response led Batts to ask what hospitals want police to do when faced with similar situations, and he required supervisors to monitor all emergency calls to hospitals when officer assistance was requested.
In several police shootings in recent years, relatives of men who were fatally shot said they called police hoping they would defuse situations, only to lose loved ones when confrontations turned violent.
Among those killed were Rudolph Bell, a 63-year-old homeless veteran who was shot in 2012 after police say he cut an officer with a knife or bottle. Maurice Johnson, a 31-year-old man who suffered from bipolar disorder, was reported to have been throwing things at a birthday party in Northeast Baltimore when police tried to intervene and shot him during a struggle that sent an officer crashing through a glass table.
Batts' appearance in Annapolis followed remarks he made a week earlier before a task force formed by President Barack Obama to address police-community relations. In that appearance, the commissioner called on law enforcement to pay more attention to social issues such as literacy and mental illness.
Appearing before the panel, formed in response to unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after a police-involved shooting, Batts said officers should play more of a role in mentoring young people.
He expanded on that theme Friday, telling lawmakers he would like to send officers into the schools to teach — not just to enforce laws.
The commissioner told lawmakers his department had excellent relations with the city school system's autonomous police force.
Asked whether he could support a move to authorize school officers to carry guns, Batts said he would defer to Baltimore schools CEO Gregory E. Thornton.
But Batts said such a move would be reasonable, and that arming school officers could be helpful in the case of an active shooter. He said his department already trains school police on how to react to such incidents.
On other topics:
•Batts told the delegation that the department will work with the community and elected officials to redraw police district lines over the next year in a process that will be driven by empirical evidence rather than politics. Such plans have been discussed for more than a decade. In 2009 then-Mayor Sheila Dixon called it a "top priority" and Batts said in early 2013 that he hoped to tackle the issue with his $285,000 strategic plan. But the plans have never gotten off the ground.
•The commissioner assured lawmakers that the McKenzie Elliott case, in which a 3-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet in the 3600 block of Old York Road in August, remains under active investigation after his department released its original suspect last month. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis said he believes some neighborhood residents know who the drive-by shooter was and urged them to call the police even if they do so anonymously.
•Officials announced their intention this week to start a pilot body camera program before the end of the year. "It's more complicated than people think," Batts told legislators. He oversaw the implementation of body camera use when he was the police chief in Oakland, Calif.
When we describe seeing in Baltimore a SWAT TEAM MILITARY-STYLE SUPER-VAN with mental health/police written on side --------this is it. So, the idea that we are addressing community mental health issues by removing police and sending in clinicians-----IS NOT TRUE. These SWAT TEAM MENTAL HEALTH VANS are really, really, really bad public policy.
In Baltimore, we had EXCESSIVE FORCE policing tied to SWAT TEAM POLICE UNITS breaking down doors and families scared to death especially if they had a family member dealing with mental or physical disability-----these kinds of policies SCARE PEOPLE---they do not offer social benefit.
One of the most common call to 911 dealing with mental health crises is DOMESTIC ABUSE. Baltimore police department stopped responding to domestic abuse----stopped analyzing rape kits and reduced response to rape allegations these few decades of CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----these are the kinds of mental health calls to 9911 deemed most frequent. What 99% of citizens need are community clinics with community members working whom those citizens trust-------
BALTIMORE'S MENTAL HEALTH IS OUTSOURCED TO THE SAME GLOBAL CORPORATIONS TIED TO PROFITEERING AND PREDATORY HEALTH CARE-----
SWAT-style medical teams helping defuse mental health crises
Angela Mulholland, CTVNews.ca
Published Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:06PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 14, 2013 11:32PM EDT
Thousands of times each week, Canadians suffering from mental health crises call 911 for help. But the first responders who come to their door -- usually firefighters or police -- are often ill-equipped to help them.
Now, taking a page from police-inspired SWAT teams, some communities in Canada are experimenting with a way of handling such emergencies by creating 24-hour emergency response teams of mental health specialists who know how to get patients the kind of care they need.
London, Ont., is one Canadian city that recently set up such a service and it‘s already proving a success.
An innovative approach to mental health calls for 'SWAT' teams to be deployed to callers in crisis. The program is already underway in London, Ont., and is spreading to other cities.
Crisis Response Worker Lisa Mendonca takes a call for the mental health program underway in London, Ont.
Managing Director at the Canadian Mental Health Association Michele Van Beers discusses the innovative approach.
Since last November, people with psychiatric or psychological health problems are now able to call for help either directly to the specialized team or via 911 to access care more efficiently.
Instead of police being dispatched, counsellors and social workers from the Canadian Mental Health Association respond to offer solutions. In many cases, there is no need for a trip to the hospital.
“It’s like a house call for mental health, where people come to where you are, where you need it,” says Michele Van Beers, the managing director of the Canadian Mental Health Association of London and Middlesex.
“They haven’t broken the law, they don’t need to go in the hospital; they just need to have somebody help them with their crisis right now.”
Van Beers says it’s not just people who have serious psychiatric disorders or who are suicidal who call.
“It is also the woman at home with the child suffering from postpartum depression. It could be the university student who is completely overwhelmed. It could be the father who has anxiety because he has lost his job,” she says.
Kristy Reece, a team leader of the London Mobile Response Team, says it appears there was a real need for this service in her community. “There is certainly a demand for service. In the first 89 days of service, we had 229 calls,” she says.
Last year, police officers in London responded to 1,700 calls alone from those suffering mental health issues.
London resident Savanna (who asked that her last name not be used) has struggled with severe mood swings for years. The 24-year-old says each time the police were called during one of her crises, they'd bring her to the local hospital’s crowded emergency department, where the solutions were temporary.
But a recent call to the mobile mental health team quickly got her the counselling and medication she needed.
“They can open doors quicker, in a sense. They can get you into outreach or counselling quicker than the hospitals,” Savanna says.
Reece says the response team also avoids the need for a police visit, which often further escalates a crisis.
“The police aren't the right place to go for crisis intervention. But patients had no other options,” she says.
“So now that the team is in operation, these clients are not ending up in the emergency room, they are not ending up being charged. We are able to de-escalate the situation as it is happening and link them with other services.”
Similar emergency response units are in place in parts of Toronto, Halifax and elsewhere in Canada, suggesting that this innovative approach to mental health may continue to be copied by communities across the country.
Here we have that Canadian Provence no doubt tied to SWAT TEAM MENTAL HEALTH-----and without coincidence Vancouver has been sold as left social progressive because it allowed legal marijuana and drug use. British Columbia has been these few decades one of the top points of entry for global drug cartels.
So, now we have that crises which needs a public health response---but as in Baltimore ---British Columbia is captured by GLOBAL 1% ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FAR-RIGHT EXTREME WEALTH EXTREME POVERTY NEO-LIBERALISM------
When we have the same pols in office as these few decades having dismantled all our once strong public mental health public health community mental health structures now shouting we need a fix------WATCH OUT!
This is why REAL LEFT social progressive shout loudly AGAINST LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA NOW in the midst of a public health crises in addictions -------only a far-right wing Clinton neo-liberal would set that stage of OPIUM WAR against 99% of WE THE PEOPLE
'Cartel connection: How Mexico’s drug gangs set up shop in Vancouver
Kim Bolan, Vancouver Sun 05.01.2015'
September 13, 2013 12:55 pm
Updated: September 13, 2013 4:44 pm
Mayor and Police Chief declare “mental health crisis” in Vancouver
By Peter Meiszner
Vancouver’s Mayor and Police Chief have declared a “mental health crisis” in the city and are demanding action from the provincial and federal governments.
Mayor Gregor Robertson and Police Chief Jim Chu held a news conference today, saying the mental health problem is getting increasingly worse.
Chu says his officers are on the front lines of mental health issues, and that’s not right.
“Police should not be on the front lines — instead of a last resort, we are becoming the first resort.”
Police say that within the past three years, the emergency room at St. Paul’s Hospital has had a 43 per cent increase in patients with severe mental illness or addiction.
There’s been a 16 per cent increase in the number of people arrested under the mental health act between 2010 and 2012. That’s a fivefold increase since 2002.
So far this year, arrests under the mental health act are up 23 per cent year-to-date.
Mental illness is a factor in 21 per cent of all incidents handled by the Vancouver Police. Officers are spending 25 per cent of their report writing time on incidents involving mental health issues.
Police have already responded to 36 “serious” incidents involving mental health this year.
Over the past 15 months, 26 innocent victims in Vancouver were attacked and injured in 11 separate incidents.
“This is a crisis — we can’t say anything else at this point,” says Robertson. “The government needs to spend the money, the money is being spent one way or another. There’s carnage.”
The Mayor and Police Chief are calling for 300 new long-term, secure mental health beds; a mental health crisis centre; and more staffing at BC Housing sites to support tenants with mental illness.
Robertson and Chu say they are awaiting a response from the provincial and federal governments to their demands.
To read the Vancouver Police Department’s latest report on mental health in Vancouver, click here
Baltimore is far-right wing Bush neo-conservative so we have never really had public mental health clinics and real holistic care for mental illness. We have great big corporate structures controlling what is a patronage outsourcing network of non-profit businesses that as is always true is filled with fraud and corruption and no oversight and accountability ---no connecting network that is seen with strong PUBLIC MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS.
'San Jose police encounters with people with known mental illnesses or experiencing mental-health crises accounted for at least 31 percent of the 54 officer-involved shootings since 2009, according to department figures analyzed by this news organization'.
We are shouting to our FB friends across the nation having lived in regions with strong public health systems BEFORE REAGAN/CLINTON defunded and dismantled them-----fight to return to REAL left social progressive mental health solutions because MOVING FORWARD TODAY SWAT TEAM POLICE/CORPORATE CLINICIAN IS THE OPPOSITE.
Baltimore has never had a REAL public health/mental health community system and that is how we FIX policing abuses surrounding our mentally/physically disabled.
People's health clinics officially close their doors
June 30, 2014|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun
The financially troubled People's Community Health Centers closed its five clinics serving low-income Marylanders on Monday.
The organization had announced plans to shut the doors at the end of June, though as recently as last week officials were trying to broker a last-minute deal to keep the clinics open.
A recorded telephone greeting at the People's office Monday announced that the centers were closed and gave instructions for how patients could obtain their medical records.
A spokesman for People's did not respond to phone messages, and email messages were returned as undeliverable.
Founded in 1970, People's operated Baltimore clinics in Waverly, Station North and Pigtown, and in Anne Arundel County at Brooklyn Park and Odenton. While some patients had private insurance or government insurance such as Medicaid, the clinics also treated uninsured patients, with a federal grant paying for many of its costs.
In a letter June 17, People's interim CEO Stacy C. Fruhling alluded to problems receiving the federal grant due to "circumstances beyond our control." Fruhling and People's officials have not publicly discussed the funding problems.
Officials with the federal Health Resources and Services Administration have said People's $2.4 million annual grant is intact, and the agency is working with People's on its problems.
On Monday, HRSA spokesman Martin Kramer said the agency had not been informed officially that People's had closed its doors.
People's owes $463,925.62 to the Internal Revenue Service for back withholding taxes, is the subject of three state wage complaints from employees, and has been sued by multiple creditors in recent months for nonpayment of bills. After learning of the financial problems facing People's, Anne Arundel County suspended a $1.9 million grant that was intended for a new community and health center in Severn that was to include a People's clinic.
Since the People's closing was announced in mid-June, other federally supported health clinics began accepting People's patients.
ARLINGTON/MONTGOMERY COUNTY are the bedroom communities of global 1% corporations surrounding Washington DC---they are ground zero for GLOBAL 1% ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE corporate control of all that is public----and yes, that is what NAMI IS------it is a global corporate mental health NGO-------being called yet again GRASSROOTS and social benefit.
When we team a global NGO with what is becoming GLOBAL MILITARIZED POLICING AND SECURITY CORPORATIONS----you get FAR-RIGHT WING, AUTHORITARIAN, MILITARISTIC structures dealing with mental illness treatment and evaluation.
NAMI is that example of national organizations that once advocated from a left social progressive stance that has these few decades become far-right Clinton neo-liberal. If NAMI was ever a real 99% mental health advocacy group----it is not now.
Why are NON-PROFITS teaming with our local police rather than our local public health departments? We have no public health departments---all has been outsourced and privatized.
We are positive global Baltimore Development 'labor and justice' organizations around mental health justice HAVE FAILED because they are tied to being those 5% to the 1% players.
There is NOTHING social benefit coming out of Arlington/Montgomery County these few decades of ROBBER BARON FRAUDS AND CORRUPTION.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Montgomery County: Help Line information provided by: Montgomery County Health & Human Services Department
NAMI Montgomery County (NAMI MC) is the Montgomery County, Maryland affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness which is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. NAMI MC is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults living with mental illnesses in Montgomery County, Maryland. Since 1978, NAMI MC has provided self-help, support, education and advocacy for people with serious and persistent mental illnesses, their families, friends and caregivers.
Record last updated: Feb 13 2017 1:15PM'
Please keep in mind---this article was written in 2013-----that was when excessive force policing soared and those citizens tied to mental and physical police abuse were highest-------so these stats and data mean nothing coming from corporate NGOs--------
'Montgomery, Howard, Harford and Prince George’s counties all have dedicated CIT training programs in Maryland, Davis said. Baltimore City police officers are also trained in CIT, said John King, director of police training'.
Nonprofits Team With Police to Offer Training on Mental Illness
By CNS Staff - July 31, 2012
By Kaitlin Bulavinetz and Glynnesha Taylor
Special to Capital News Service
BALTIMORE – Scott Davis recently received a call about a man in Montgomery County who was wielding a knife, convinced that there were people trying to kill him. A situation that could have ended badly was resolved peacefully, however, because of the communication techniques used by the police officers who responded.
“The officers realized he was delusional and used de-escalation skills to calm him down,” said Scott Davis, Crisis Intervention Team coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Montgomery County division.
The man was taken to a hospital rather than a police station for booking.
The case highlights how a police officer trained in handling a person who has a mental illness can positively alter the outcome of a crisis situation, Davis said. And it underscores the reason so many local police departments around the country have reached out to national advocacy groups to assist them in cultivating well-rounded training programs, especially in handling people with mental illness.
Police training directors in Maryland have formed partnerships with the National Alliance on Mental Illness and embraced the Crisis Intervention Training program, or the Memphis Model, to guide officers in dealing with mentally ill people in crisis.
According to a 2009 NAMI report, CIT programs were active in Maryland and 46 other states.
John King, director of the Baltimore Police Academy. (Photo special to CNS)Montgomery, Howard, Harford and Prince George’s counties all have dedicated CIT training programs in Maryland, Davis said. Baltimore City police officers are also trained in CIT, said John King, director of police training.
CIT teaches officers “that mental health problems are cross cultural, they’re cross gender — there is no stereotypically mentally ill person,” said Lt. Marc Junkerman, director of police training for Harford County. “It touches everybody in every facet of their life.”
The Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions require every recruit to take a 1,040-hour, 26-week course covering the basics of law enforcement, including a section on handling people who have a mental illness.
Some say this isn’t enough training on mental illness, and that’s where CIT and other programs like it come in. CIT requires 40 hours of training on mental illness, including de-escalation training, role-playing and learning from those who have mental illnesses about their experiences.
Each police department works with mental health professionals and advocates to tailor the training program to their own needs, which vary from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
“Chicago does a training block on what they call urban trauma, because so many of the young people they deal with have witnessed violence or have been victim to violence,” said Laura Usher, NAMI’s Crisis Intervention Team coordinator.
Maryland mandates that every year officers participate in 18 hours of refresher in-service training, which covers all aspects of law enforcement, not just handling people who have a mental illness.
Baltimore City officers are required by their police department to participate in 22 additional hours of in-service training each year beyond the state’s mandated 18. New recruits are required to attend Behavioral Emergency Services Team training, which teaches them basics in interacting with a person in mental illness who needs police attention. Part of the manual includes CIT training.
In Harford County, all new officers receive additional training called Mental Health First Aid, a 12-hour program mandated by the Mental Health Association of Maryland to teach officers how to identify a person in a state of mental crisis. It focuses on a broad range of mental disorders including substance disorders, eating disorders and problems that could lead to suicide attempts, Junkerman said.
Harford County officers who express a desire for additional training in handling people with mental illness are allowed to receive CIT training.
“Just like you have more advanced people to investigate accidents, we have people who are trained to assist in mental illness-type situations,” Junkerman said. “We look for officers who’d rather be peace officers rather than a police officer. They’re problem solvers; they’re people who are good with the public.”
The additional CIT training runs four consecutive days from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., Davis said. Ninety of Harford County’s 567 sworn-in personnel are trained in CIT.
These officers often assist other officers who are not trained in CIT.
Usher said being part of a special program motivates officers to excel. “I like the idea that officers feel like there’s a special honor of being part of the program,” she said.
The work takes skill. Outside the force, most people who practice de-escalation skills are therapists working in a controlled setting, such as their office, Usher said. “It’s a challenge to transfer those skills to a cop who is working on the street in a really unpredictable setting,” she said.
Below we see the problem and the solution for FIXING BALTIMORE regarding mental health/addictions/policing corruption and STOP MOVING FORWARD FAR-RIGHT WING AUTHORITARIAN structures for mental and disabilities treatment of 99% of WE THE PEOPLE.
Here we see REAGAN-ERA 1980s privatization of our once strong community-based public health mental health----in Baltimore that is SHEPARD PRATT/JOHNS HOPKINS. These are massive structures because of what we see below-----it advertises as a destination for mental health and addiction treatments---you have to be a Baltimore resident---and all of what would be mental health and addictions funding through MEDICARE AND MEDICAID come to Baltimore into the hands of these global corporations. These two corporations then use patronage to create the massive network of clinics et al all over Baltimore. Sharfstein was of course our MARYLAND HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES leader creating the most private and profiteering state health system in the nation and they love to sell CAPITATION as a social benefit MODEL for health care.
'SHEPPARD PRATT INVESTMENT, INC. is a company incorporated in Maryland and its company number is d01895630. SHEPPARD PRATT INVESTMENT, INC. was registered on 03/21/1985. The company's status is listed as INCORPORATED'.
CEO -----STEVEN SHARFSTEIN-----
Mosaic Community Services-Sheppard PrattFounded in 1984, Mosaic Community Services is the largest community-based behavioral health service provider in Maryland, providing services to thousands of children, adolescents, and adults annually. Mosaic’s main focus is on recovery, and all of their services and programs are designed to reinforce the recovery process for their clients.
Creative Alternatives, part of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.
We want to share to all regions of US ---this is the model expanding as a national corporation and indeed it is global for mental health. So, a Bloomberg School of Public Health Johns Hopkins meets global policing and security corporations replacing our local Baltimore Police Department and VOILA------a very, very, very, very bad policing/mental health public policy. This is why Baltimore has a huge population of 99% of citizens tied to mental and addiction health problems. It is why as well those 5% black, white, and brown players have too much control of our 99% of Baltimore citizens.
Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB)
1. Eligible Clients
To be eligible for participation in the capitation project the individual must:
Be a Baltimore City resident or willing to relocate to Baltimore City
Have a primary diagnosis of a major mental disorder causing significant impairment in psychosocial functioning, with one of the following diagnostic codes:
301.22, or 301.83.
Must meet one or more of the following:
In a state psychiatric hospital for six consecutive months or longer; or
In a psychiatric hospital at least four times within the past two years; or
Seen at least seven times in an emergency room for treatment of a psychiatric condition in the past two years.
2. Scope of Services
The Baltimore City Capitation Project
provides intensive, wrap around services to individuals
with a serious and persistent mental illness. There are two providers of Capitation services:
Chesapeake Connections, which is part of Mosaic Community services, and Creative Alternatives, part of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Program staff is available on-call, 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Services are delivered by a multidisciplinary team and
are community based, intensive and use assertive outreach, treatment and support to assist an individual to maintain a community residence.
Caseloads are small and average 8 to 10
individuals per clinician. The duration, frequency and intensity of services provided are individualized and determined through collaboration between the client and the treatment team.
Services are paid for through a capitated rate determined by the Mental Hygiene Administration(MHA).
The Providers provide and coordinate the full range of services needed by clients to live a meaningful life in the community
Initial and on-going mental health assessment and evaluation;
Mental health outpatient treatment;
Mental health partial hospitalization;
Mental health intensive outpatient services;
Psychiatric rehabilitation services;
Psychiatric inpatient treatment;
Crisis, residential crisis, and respite services;
Employment and vocational services;
Education and skills training;
Housing, residential support, and residential rehabilitation services;
Co-occurring disorders services (groups and individual services for members dually disordered with mental illness and substance use disorders);
Family support services;
Case management services;
Entitlement application and coordination to ensure receipt of benefits.
The provider is also required to ensure the following:
All clients receive the medications and other medical supplies needed for their care.
Evaluation and treatment by a Psychiatrist eligible for certification or certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology is provided at a minimum once every three months or more often as needed or requested by the client. A physician in psychiatry residency training may follow clients, but a psychiatrist who has seen the clients must
directly supervise the resident.
Each enrolled client is seen as frequently as needed during the month and on no less than four (4) different dates.
Each enrolled client is seen at least once in the client’s home or place of residence per month.
Collaboration with the client to document a plan of service that details the individual’s needs, wants and goals is provided. The Provider is required to work with the client to meet the client’s identified goals.
Extra services and monitoring to individuals at high risk for a negative outcome are provided. The Provider will maintain written policies and procedures outlining conditions under which visits and monitoring will be intensified.
Linkage to initial and ongoing somatic, dental and vision care is provided.
All reasonable measures are taken to ensure that any housing provider who receives funding from this project shall meet all applicable local, state, and federal requirements. The Provider must maintain documentation that these requirements are met.
All medications dispensed, administered, monitored, or otherwise handled by Capitation staff are handled in accordance with state and federal regulations.
3. Payments to Providers
The Administrative Services Organization (ASO)
manages claims from the Capitation Providers.
Services are paid by the ASO based on claims submitted by each provider for clients who are eligible for Public Mental Health System (PMHS) services through Medicaid or Uninsured eligibility. Providers are also required to submit claims for services that are eligible for reimbursement from third party sources
such as Medicare and Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS).
Behavioral Health System Baltimore (BHSB) provides incentive payments to providers on an annual basis not to exceed a total of
$100,000.00. The incentive is based on the Provider’s
performance on mutually agreed upon criteria, which may include quality improvement and
utilization activities and compliance with reporting requ
Additionally, BHSB makes funds available up to a maximum of $
10,000.00 per fiscal year to subsidize services to partially active clients. Partially active status is reserved for clients with protracted admissions to facilities such as nursing homes and rehabilitation centers
who need additional follow up following disenrollment and/or who may potentially re-enroll in the program. Services to partially
active clients must be requested, approved by BHSB, and billed for payment.
4. ASO Role in the Payment Process
The providers submit claims monthly to the ASO
for services to clients who are enrolled in care.
ASO funds are paid at a rate of $2,410 per month for clients with Medicaid
or Uninsured eligibility alone and a reduced rate of $2,259 per month for clients who also have Medicare coverage, as the providers are required
to submit claims to Medicare for any mental health
services that are eligible for reimbursement from Medicare.
Providers are required to request and maintain uninsured eligibility through the ASO for all uninsured clients in the Capitation Project.
A month of enrollment is defined as enrollment before the 16th of the month or disenrollment after the 15th of the month.
5. BHSB Documentation and Reports
BHSB conducts an evaluation of the Capitation Project
which is shared with MHA and the providers (formerly this was done annually and currently it is conducted biennially).
The evaluation for FY10 is attached and the evaluation for FY11 & FY12 is in process. Additionally, BHSB provides death reports and Morbidity and Mortality reports to MHA for any clients who die while in care of the program. MHA has access to CAPAT and are able to run reports from the database, including enrollment reports. The ASO generates Capitation project claims data documenting funds disbursed to the project.
6. Sub-vendors of the Two Capitation Providers
The providers are not permitted to assign or subcontract services without the prior written approval of BHSB. Currently, there are no sub-vendors of this project. Providers may arrange and pay for other services when deemed medically necessary by a psychiatrist who is privileged and qualified to evaluate the type of services needed for an individual client.
intensive sex therapy, crisis intervention, inpatient psychiatric care, and psychiatric rehabilitation.
7. CAPDAT Database
CAPDAT is used and the Capitation Project providers input data monthly.
previously, MHA has access to CAPDAT.
8. Quarterly Reviews
MHA has access to CAPDAT and can access the quarterly quality reports from the database.
Quarterly meetings are held including BHSB, the Capitation Medical Director, the Capitation Providers, and MHA Adult Services Staff to evaluation the functioning of the project and review quarterly data.
9. Enrollments and Disbursements Reports MHA can generate reports on the number of enrolled clients via CAPDAT. The ASO provides claims data which includes disbursements to the Capitation project
We are sure Crista Taylor is a fine person------but what we see in Baltimore is one great big global corporate system being able to call itself NON--PROFIT and it was built into a global mental health corporation because global hedge fund IVY LEAGUE Johns Hopkins controlled all Medicare and Medicaid funding for mental health and addictions AND controls all policing public policy.
This is why Baltimore has a massive network of outsourced mental health with absolutely no oversight and accountability with growing black market crime and violence tied to global gun and drug cartels.
Remember. Obama and Clinton neo-liberals created within Affordable Care Act funding of hundreds of billions of dollars for mental and addictive health all coming to these global corporate structures being allowed to create policies tying policing to mental health.
WEN was tied to MARYLAND MEDICAL EXAMINER'S OFFICE -----lots of corruption and fraud in all of these 'public health' agencies
'Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, who serves as chair of the organization's board of directors, said Taylor has demonstrated great leadership since working at Behavioral Health System'.
Behavioral Health System Baltimore promotes new CEO from within
Baltimore Sun Nov 30, 2017
Behavioral Health System Baltimore, the nonprofit that manages the city's mental and behavioral health programs, has promoted an executive within the organization to become its new president and CEO.
Crista M. Taylor, the organization's current vice president for programs, will take the lead role March 4. She will replace Kathleen Westcoat who has taken a job in Colorado.
Behavioral Health System Baltimore was created in 2013 with the merger of two organizations that separately focused on mental health and substance abuse. The organization has a $75 million budget.
Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen, who serves as chair of the organization's board of directors, said Taylor has demonstrated great leadership since working at Behavioral Health System.
"With her proven track record, unwavering dedication to Baltimore City and clear vision for the future of behavioral health, she will guide innovative approaches to help build healthier individuals, stronger families and safer communities," Wen said in a statement.
In her current job, Taylor oversees development and programs dealing with prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery services for people in Baltimore dealing with mental illness and substance use.
"I'm proud to be following in the footsteps of Kathy Westcoat, whose vision for the future of behavioral health in Baltimore was exemplified every day through her exemplary management and leadership skills," Taylor said in a statement. "With her example as guidance, I hope to work with staff, partners and city leaders to improve the lives of many more Baltimoreans, and build stronger families and safer communities across the region."
Westcoat has taken a job as senior director, Medicaid for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, which has 60,000 Medicaid members.