For people with mental illness, the Phoenix Crisis Response Team can make all the difference

There is a special group of highly trained, compassionate, and patient officials in Phoenix who respond to these cases.

PHOENIX – Over the past year we have all been inundated with conversations about the pandemic. But there is a health crisis in this country that has been around for a lot longer, one that we don’t talk about, mental illness.

And while millions of Americans are getting the help they need, there are countless others who don’t. People who fall through the cracks and end up on the street or in prison.

Forty-four states have more mentally ill people in prisons and jails than the state’s largest mental hospital.

And every day, in every city, people will find themselves in a crisis. You can be a danger to yourself or others.

In Phoenix, there is a special group of highly trained, compassionate, and patient officials who respond to these cases.

They are known as the Crisis Response Team.

It’s dangerous, unpredictable policing, but the members of the team seem to love what they do.

We got an insight into how they react when someone is in a crisis.

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