The mass shooting in and around the Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York on May 14, 2022 that claimed
the lives of ten individuals and injured three others was all the more horrific because of the white supremacist ideological motivation that fueled it and the shooter’s meticulous planning. The disturbing reality is that
this attack is part of an epidemic of mass shootings often perpetrated by young men radicalized online by
an ideology of hate. This report details what my office has learned about how the Buffalo shooter was first indoctrinated and radicalized through online platforms, and how he used these and other platforms to plan, implement, and promote these acts of terror.1 The report assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the response of various online platforms in the wake of the Buffalo shooting. Readers should be cautioned that this report contains graphic textual descriptions of bigotry and violence, including quotes from the shooter’s own writing that, in our opinion, are necessary to contextualize and explain this story.
Like many other states, Indiana’s Behavioral Health System infrastructure has been underfunded for years and is in need of systemic reforms to improve and enhance behavioral health care throughout the state. Now more than ever, clear pathways to those reforms exist, and that work has already begun in Indiana. These recommendations build upon that work and, if adopted, will result in a higher quality, more accessible and integrated system.
In order to address and improve the overall health and well-being of all Hoosiers, the Commission recommends (1) strategies to improve Hoosiers’ mental health literacy; (2) increase capacity of psychiatric consultation programs for primary care providers; and (3) increase enforcement of mental health parity requirements.
See report here:
The best mental-health responders in the world can help only if emergency dispatchers know when to deploy them.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/02/mental-health-crisis-police-intervention/622842/
A few short years ago the mantra for a successful Mental Health community safety net was the Police AND the those from Mental Heath community because they understood the value of having the police at Mental Health emergency calls. Now with abolish the police the community will loose the services that are need from the police. This can be extremely dangerous to the community and the person in crisis. Ignoring this will not make the necessity for the police disappear. This article illustrates this fact.
An early report on New York’s mental-health first responders earns media cheerleading, but the data are skewed for their success.
— Read on www.city-journal.org/nyc-mental-health-responders-cannot-replace-police
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
— Read on nami.org/Advocacy/Crisis-Intervention/Crisis-Intervention-Team-(CIT)-Programs
Arrestees who are mentally incompetent to stand trial are supposed to be sent for treatment. But thousands are being warehoused in jails for months without a conviction.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/12/when-mental-illness-becomes-jail-sentence/603154/
One day, one city, no relief: To capture San Francisco’s homeless crisis, we sent dozens of journalists onto the streets for 24 hours straight. Here’s what they found.
— Read on projects.sfchronicle.com/sf-homeless/24-hours-homelessness/
This article describes Stockton, California PD’s wellness network aimed at helping officers deal with stress and trauma. The award-winning initiative includes a significant orientation for new recruits and proactive measures when officers encounter difficult situations in the field. The police department endured layoffs earlier in the decade while the city went through bankruptcy, adding to…
— Read on gcordner.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/focus-on-wellness-in-stockton/