Mental Health Calls To San Diego Police Agencies Skyrocket 84 Percent
The study offers only anecdotal evidence on the cause of the rise between 2009 and 2015, but many see it as a combination of factors, including increased awareness of mental health issues and fewer treatment programs.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Mental Health Calls To Local Authorities Up 84%
Calls to San Diego County police agencies about people with mental-health problems skyrocketed 84 percent over a six-year period starting in 2009 -- while the county’s population grew only 5 percent during that time. A new study by the San Diego Association of Governments is shining light on a topic that has implications for police and medical resources, in addition to perceptions of people who otherwise might have only been viewed as potential criminals. (Steele, 6/6)