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New crisis intervention team could be example for Indiana law enforcement

By Abrahm Hurt  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis Metro Police Department is launching a pilot program, designed to help assess the mental or behavioral state of individuals in a crisis, that could serve as a model for other communities across the state. A team, including a police officer, a paramedic and a clinician, will work to de-escalate situations […]

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30 Laws in 30 Days: Mental illness education program for law enforcement may expand

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 20th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Amy Brinkley thinks her brother’s death could have been prevented. Her 30-year-old brother Paul suffered from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD. In his mid-20s, Paul endured […]

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Pence outlines progress in fighting drug abuse

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — As the U.S. House of Representatives considers how to address the opioid crisis, Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to the Indiana Congressional Delegation charting the state’s progress in combatting drug abuse. A package of bills is under consideration in the U.S. House that would provide public safety and health […]