Mental health crises deserve a health response, not a police response.

The Austin Justice Coalition has been passionate for years about reducing police use of force incidents, as well as excessive and unnecessary arrests, which have a disproportionate impact on people of color. One of the ways in which AJC has pursued this goal is by demanding reform in how mental health crises are handed by Austin’s 911 system.

We believe that mental health crises deserve a health response, not a police response, and that reform to the mental health first response system could have saved the lives of Mauris DeSilva (2019), Morgan Rankins (2017), David Joseph (2016), Micah Jester (2016), and many others. Currently, AJC is working actively with Integral Care, EMS, and APD, as well as representatives from other community groups, to ensure that the reforms are implemented in line with community needs and priorities.

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