State’s mental health system relies on police

LAWRENCE - Activists and citizens from Dodge City to the Kansas City suburbs are reconsidering the involvement of police in their communities - including whether officers should continue to help respond to mental health crises.

What that response looks like is drastically different depending on population density. But Kansas mental health workers say officers play an essential and unavoid able part of an underfunded system.

Police are often responsible for keeping mental health workers safe on calls, bringing in people who are experiencing a crisis or finding them when responding to reports of domestic violence or other disturbances.

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