The Vera Institute of Justice has launched its new project, Serving Safely: The National Initiative to Enhance Policing for Persons with Mental Illnesses and Developmental Disabilities.

Serving Safely is a national initiative designed to improve interactions between police and persons affected by mental illnesses and developmental disabilities. Supported through a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the initiative includes leaders in the fields of policing, mental illness, intellectual/developmental disability, crisis intervention, peer advocacy, emergency medicine, technology development, and prosecution. Together Vera, BJA, and the partners are developing and managing training and technical assistance to enhance collaborative responses for people affected by mental illnesses and intellectual/developmental disabilities who come into contact with the police to improve outcomes and the safety for all involved parties.


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