Transporting people for mental health treatment

Virginia will begin contracting with a private company to transport people who are being involuntarily hospitalized for mental health treatment, as reported here. The arrangement is expected to free up substantial law enforcement time and also be less traumatic and stigmatizing for patients. A recent national study, reported here, documented the burden on police and sheriffs, noting that “the unpredictability of psychiatric crises meant it was almost impossible to rationally allocate time and money in advance to cope with the challenge, particularly in small communities who are often left, as a result, without adequate law enforcement coverage.”

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