I train cops about mental illness and help design police departments' response policies as a Director of CE and Mental Health Policy. AMA!
My short bio: Hey guys, my name is Scotty and I work for the National Alliance on Mental Illness in the Chicagoland area. I have a B.A. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies &amp;amp; Community Development and have worked previously in Immigrant Legal Services and child welfare research in Latin America. I worked as a Chicago Paramedic for a while after college, where I saw how ridiculously bad our society's response to chronic mental illness can be. Now as part of my job I work with law enforcement officers, learning about their encounters with mental illness on the job and training them how to interact well with people having mental health crises. My goal is to help them get people into treatment whenever possible and avoid violent or demeaning confrontations. I don't pretend to be a leading expert in anything whatsoever, but since it's an interesting job I thought I'd share!