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September 25, 2020 – Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller wants to create a new Department of Community Safety, which would shift some emergency calls to behavioral health specialists, homeless advocates and social workers instead of armed officers. But will it work, and does it address the need for culture change in the APD? Host Gene Grant talks to mental health experts and practitioners to get their thoughts as well as other ideas about including more behavioral health best practices into policing policies and strategies.


Host/Correspondent: Gene Grant

Guests:
Dr. Thom Allena, Community & Organizational Psychologist
Wayne Lindstrom, V.P. of the Western U.S., RI International, Inc.
Frazier Wilson, Clinical Social Worker

Suggested Reading:
Regulators to set up 3-digit suicide hotline number like 911Associated Press
National Behavioral Mental Health Crisis Care GuidelinesSAMHSA
Crisis Now WebsiteNational Association of State Mental Health Program Directors