Please see the link below on a great 10 minute story detailing the work being done by KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team to assist the homeless and mentally ill in KC.
The pro-active, cooperative effort of KCPD’s Crisis Intervention Team, area hospitals and mental health professionals, assist those struggling on the streets with mental health issues. By directing these individuals to resources and case-workers, they are set on a more hopeful and healthy path that decreases likelihood of engaging in activity that will land them in jail. It truly takes a community to effect change!
Each year, an estimated 2 million people suffering from mental illness are booked into county jails. In Kansas City, Missouri, like other places around the country, officials are looking for a better way to get those people the help they need to get back on their feet. John Yang reports in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.