An Open Letter in Response to the President’s Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities Section 4. Mental Health, Homelessness, and Addiction

We are encouraged by the focus of the President’s June 16th Executive Order on shifting responsibility to address the needs of individuals with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and those experiencing homelessness, away from law enforcement to appropriate social service providers. However, increasing the capacity of social workers and other mental health professionals to work alongside law enforcement to co-respond to address situations does not go far enough in reducing the role of law enforcement.

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