Did you know that earlier this year, Austin became the first city in the country to add a mental health option to its 911 call center script? Did you also know that in 2018, a city audit found that amongst the 15 most populous US cities, Austin had the highest per capita rate of fatal police shootings involving those believed to be experiencing a mental health crisis?
So how did we get here? And how can we better serve Austinites experiencing mental health crises in the future?
In the latest episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour, we answer all your questions. Guests include Karen Ranus (of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) & Marisa Aguilar (of Integral Care).
Give it a listen! You can hear this episode on any of the following podcast services: