An Australian study says “trauma-stricken” individuals cause stress among the health professionals and lawyers who work with them, including those who work with justice-involved populations–indirectly affecting their ability to perform their jobs.
Many officers have been trained in de-escalating encounters with people suffering mental problems, but “far too often, people in crisis end up being Tasered, beaten, arrested, and even shot,” says Laura Usher of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Higher level of care for mentally ill inmates is ordered by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker. Mentally ill inmates will leave for a prison for a different facility that “will look and feel more like a psychiatric hospital.”