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Mental Health Treatment Instead of Jail

Posted May 31, 2021 /

In the United States, one in four people shot by a police officer has a serious mental illness, as do almost 25% of jail inmates and 15% of state prison inmates. Police officers have increasingly become first responders to people experiencing a mental health crisis, even though they have few effective tools for dealing with… Read more »

Collaborating to Increase News Coverage of Mental Health Parity Across the Nation

Posted May 31, 2021 /

In 1996, The Carter Center established the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism (RCFJ), coinciding with the breakthrough passage of the Mental Health Parity Act, the first legislation to require that certain insurance providers consider mental health benefits the same as they would medical or surgical benefits. The fellowship program was the first of… Read more »

The Power of BEDLAM to Create Systemic Change

Posted May 30, 2021 /

Starting with the stories of people in the busiest mental health emergency room in the country, the documentary film BEDLAM reveals the national crisis surrounding care for people with severe mental illness. Since its completion, the film has become a catalyst for decriminalizing mental illness in Los Angeles County. In the film, Patrisse Cullors, one of… Read more »

Increasing Independent Reporting on Gender and Mental Health

Posted May 30, 2021 /

The 19th is an independent nonprofit newsroom reporting at the intersection of gender, race, politics and policy. The 19th launched in 2020, one of the most consequential election years in generations, and nearly a century after the 19th Amendment granted some — but not all — women the right to vote. Its mission is to empower… Read more »