“We are mental health and disability professionals, advocates, consumer/survivors, family members, people with disabilities, community members, and our organizations.
We call for an end to police involvement with mental health response, including an end to ‘wellness checks’ and ‘welfare checks’ and an end to police response to mental health and suicide 911 calls.
Police have no role to play in mental health care. Sending police often makes situations worse and risks provoking violence, which disproportionately affects people of color and people with disabilities.
We join Black Lives Matter and call to invest in compassionate community based alternatives to mental health responses.
We ask concerned individuals and organizations to join this call and to use our collective voice to press for immediate policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.”