De-escalation for Law Enforcement in Park Ridge

Nice article in the local paper on de-escalation training for Park Ridge law enforcement. Last year, a U.S. Justice Department grant secured by the Park Ridge Police Department allowed for officers to take crisis intervention training, a program that aims to prepare officers to deal with citizens struggling with a broad spectrum of mental health … Continue ReadingDe-escalation for Law Enforcement in Park Ridge

Mental Health and Gun Violence – The President’s Plan

Today, President Obama is announcing new executive actions on gun violence. I am a proponent of sensible gun control solutions. I do not believe we can arm ourselves to safety. I am, however, always concerned when discussions around gun control stigmatize people with various types of disabilities as dangerous, so I was glad to see … Continue ReadingMental Health and Gun Violence – The President’s Plan

TASERs are Not Mental Health Care. Disability is Not a Crime.

In response to the recent shooting of Quintonio Legrier and Bettie Jones, embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel has made a decision – give all cops Tasers. Chicago’s mayor and police superintendent will announce Wednesday afternoon that every police officer who responds to service calls will be equipped with a Taser and properly trained to use it … Continue ReadingTASERs are Not Mental Health Care. Disability is Not a Crime.

Decouple Gun Violence and Mental Health Conversations (Democratic Debate Edition)

Disability continues to be a largely ignored issue in the presidential primaries except for when it comes to gun violence, when the candidates get things entirely wrong. Here’s 100% of what Sanders or Clinton (the only candidates that actually might get nominated) said about disability last night. SANDERS: Let’s begin, Anderson, by understanding that Bernie … Continue ReadingDecouple Gun Violence and Mental Health Conversations (Democratic Debate Edition)

#CultOfCompliance – Oregon Prisons and Mental Disabilities

Prisons are the asylums of our age. We just don’t call them that. Then, when people with mental disabilities end up incarcerated, they are horrifically vulnerable to abuse from both prison employees and other prisoners. Moreover, prison staff even when not intentionally abusive, are not well-trained in responding to the needs of people with disabilities, … Continue Reading#CultOfCompliance – Oregon Prisons and Mental Disabilities