What would have happened if the process was different? If Collins had been taken to Cascadia, for example? Or perhaps if a crisis line had been called? What would have happened if he had received more mental health care long before setting foot into the police bureau?
Today we’ll explore how homelessness and mental health issues overlap, and what role society (including the police) should play to help these people. What should happen when police and homeless people with mental health issues come in contact with each other — as they regularly do — long before a crisis situation? What responsibiity do the police have to help the homeless who are mentally fragile? And if the police are not responsible, who should be?
- Chris Bouneff: Executive director of NAMI Oregon
- Brian Martinek: Assitant Chief in charge of operations for the Portland Police Bureau
- Phil Shapiro: Medical Director for Central City Concern 12th Avenue Recovery Center
- Joanne Fuller: Director of Multnomah County Department of County Human Services
24-hour mental health call center: 503-988-4888