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Patrick Hughes speaking at the Legislative Breakfast in the Township of Washington on October 19th.

Crisis Intervention Team Members Express Concern With Mental Health Funding Issues

While mental health advocates are fighting to preserve State support for the community mental health system, the Bergen County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is actively working to support individuals with serious mental illness by emphasizing the need for collaboration between law enforcement, first responders and mental health professionals.

By establishing this alliance, the efforts of the CIT help participants to better understand how to navigate the mental health and law enforcement systems so that they can improve connection to services for those in the community.

Effective communication and interaction between these community systems tackles the social issue of unnecessary incarceration. Instead of putting individuals in jails for minor offenses, officers are being trained to link them to resources within the community.

During a Legislative Breakfast in Washington Township on October 19th, law enforcement professionals explained how taking support away from the community mental health system will create a greater burden on law enforcement.

“I am particularly concerned about the medication piece in all of this,” declared Patrick Hughes from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. “That is the cornerstone of acute stabilization. The idea that it might not be available for inmates coming out,


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