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Policing, public safety, and mental health: Findings from the New Jersey ARRIVE Together Program

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Individuals who suffer from mental illness are more likely to be injured or killed during police encounters, a problem that is exacerbated by significant racial disparities. To address these problems, the state of New Jersey created the ARRIVE Together (Alternative Responses to Reduce Instances of Violence and Escalation) program in December 2021. The program pairs mental health professionals with police for calls involving people suffering from mental health distress, equips police with technology to enable people suffering from mental health to access telemedicine, and sends mental health professionals to those who have come into contact with law enforcement for follow-ups and referral services. Brookings Senior Fellow Rashawn Ray analyzed the results from the pilot phase of the program, looking at data from 342 police service case calls from December 2021-Jan 2023. 

On May 8, Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution hosted a panel discussion on the findings from the New Jersey ARRIVE Together program and the implications of the program in police encounters. Following a presentation on the program findings, Rashawn Ray will was joined in conversation by New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin. A panel discussion with law enforcement and mental health professionals who have used the pilot program followed. The panel was moderated by Governance Studies Vice President Camille Busette. 

Viewers submitted questions for speakers by emailing or via Twitter at @BrookingsGov by using #BrookingsNJARRIVE.

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Presentation of findings

Fireside chat

Panel discussion

Lisa Dressner

Vice President, Departmental of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry for Trinitas Regional Medical Center - Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health

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