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In the News: Police become the front line in dealing with the mentally ill

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Jails and prisons are increasingly becoming substitutes for psych centers, as inmates in need of mental health care are locked up instead of sent to treatment facilities. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)


The News' Matt Spina has written an investigative series on how police have become the front line in dealing with the mentally ill. Here are the articles:

Today’s mental health squad: The police (May 18)

* The safety net in Buffalo for the mentally ill is under strain (July 20)

Does training prepare cops for the mentally ill? (Aug. 3)

One officer’s suggestion on dealing with the mentally ill: ‘Have a little empathy’ (Aug. 3)

‘I don’t want to hurt anyone – I think people are trying to hurt me’ (Aug. 3)

Being mentally ill and imprisoned: ‘Talk about cruel and inhumane’ (Dec. 8)

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