Bill aims to de-escalate mental health situations

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott joined members in Congress this week to introduce a new bipartisan bill that would give members of law enforcement more tools to handle situations involving people suffering from a mental health crisis. It’s called the Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act. If passed, the training would teach officers de-escalations tactics, alternatives to force, and work with mental health professionals on crisis intervention teams. Leaders with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) believe this is a great first step, but there is still more work to be done.”If we can make significant strides on both sides of the issue, of people getting the help they need, instead of being taken to jail, that is a huge win for us on an ongoing basis,” said NAMI Executive Director Ken Dority. The bill has been read twice and sent to the judicial committee for further review.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott joined members in Congress this week to introduce a new bipartisan bill that would give members of law enforcement more tools to handle situations involving people suffering from a mental health crisis.

It’s called the Law Enforcement De-Escalation Training Act. If passed, the training would teach officers de-escalations tactics, alternatives to force, and work with mental health professionals on crisis intervention teams.

Leaders with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) believe this is a great first step, but there is still more work to be done.

“If we can make significant strides on both sides of the issue, of people getting the help they need, instead of being taken to jail, that is a huge win for us on an ongoing basis,” said NAMI Executive Director Ken Dority.

The bill has been read twice and sent to the judicial committee for further review.

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