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LEAD Initiative

The push continues to help police departments deal with people who have disabilities, especially those with mental health issues.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is backing programs that are being calling “L.E.A.D.”. Dylan Huberman explains what is behind this latest initiative.

The law enforcement education and accountability for people with disabilities initiative, shortened as the “L.E.A.D. Initiative”, encompasses two reform bills.

These would be the human services emergency logistics program act, termed the help act, and the safe interactions act, which would involve diverting some non criminal emergency calls away from police to human services and mental health support agencies.

“A little more than 2 years ago, Osaze Osagie was shot and killed by State College police during a welfare check by officers. The 3-20 organization was formed after Osagie’s death. It’s members say programs like this being proposed by Casey and other lawmakers is a step in the right direction.”

“Dealing with people who are in crisis, it is of utter importance that you have mental health professionals on call and ready to respond to crisis situations, as opposed to bringing weaponry and doing things that would exacerbate the situation.”

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