Op-Ed: Ensuring a Better Crisis Response in 2022
Psychology Today / February 10, 2022
On June 2nd, 2019, Taun Hall, concerned about her 23-year-old son with acute psychosis, called 911 for help. Less than an hour later, a confused Miles Hall was fatally shot by police. As someone with schizoaffective disorder, Miles’ story is like too many others’ highlighting how our emergency response for a mental health crisis is broken —unlike physical health crises, we send officers instead of health professionals for people with decompensating brain disorders.
What happened to Miles Hall was, unfortunately, a tragedy that’s become common in America. A person with a psychotic illness is 16-times more likely than someone without mental illness to be shot by police. One in four fatal shootings by law enforcement involves a person with serious mental illness.
How can we avoid these tragic encounters, traumatic to our families, communities, and officers? First, we can ensure the call to the police doesn’t happen.
Read the rest of the Op-Ed by Tom Insel, MD, and Jonathan Goldfinger, MD, below: