Florida Congresswoman Proposes Grants For Treating Police With Post-Traumatic Shock
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) wants local police departments to get federal money for peer-to-peer counseling and other mental health aid for officers with PTSD. Elsewhere, New Hampshire Public Radio examines data on police shootings and finds they often involve people who are severely mentally ill.
Health News Florida:
Val Demings Proposes Federal Grant Funding For Police Mental Health
U.S. Representative Val Demings is proposing a bill that would make grant money available to help police departments treat first responders with post-traumatic stress disorder. The legislation would make existing grant money available to police departments to do peer-to-peer counseling, to study crisis hotlines and the effectiveness of annual mental health exams. (Aboraya, 5/1)
New Hampshire Public Radio:
Drugs, Mental Illness Play Outsized Role In N.H. Police Shootings
When police in New Hampshire use deadly force, it’s most likely on someone who is armed, intoxicated and often severely mentally ill. That’s according to an NHPR review of police shootings in the state over nearly two decades. (Rodolico, 5/1)