Police have trouble knowing when it is mental illness or methamphetamine use or both
9.2 million adults in the U.S. have both a mental health problem and a substance use disorder.
It is important that individuals are taken by police “to somewhere where they are going to get treatment — and not to jail.”
Connections Health Solutions “operates a network of psychiatric crisis centers in Arizona where, instead of making an arrest, police can drop off anyone 24 hours a day who is out of control on meth or who has a mental health condition. Balfour said 20% of adults seen at Connections test positive for meth.”