By Brittany Kelly, Marion County Public Defender Agency
In the last few years, IMPD has made big changes in its department in order to better serve our community, specifically those with mental illness. Initiatives such as the Mobile Crisis Assistance Team, the Behavioral Health Unit, Crisis Intervention Team training, and mandatory Mental Health First Aid training are allowing officers to prioritize de-escalation techniques and connection with resources over arrest. Lance Dardeen has devoted his career to serving community members in crisis. I had the privilege of sitting down with him to discuss these programs. Check out the interview here.
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