Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For Better Outcomes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

For Better Outcomes

Article excerpt

Lately, it seems as if there are more negative news stories about police officers than there have been positive ones. Media coverage focuses on excessive force, aggressive tactics or inadequate and poorly managed responses. While police officers are under scrutiny like never before, what often goes unnoticed is the behind-the-scenes work that many do to engage with the community they are responsible for protecting.

As a manager of programs delivering behavioral health and co-occurring rehabilitative services, I believe it's beneficial for people with lived experience to educate our local enforcement agencies about mental health, services that we provide and the recovery process.

Recently, our organization hosted a roundtable discussion with the help of the Allegheny County Coalition for Recovery. People receiving support services, therapists, clinicians and Pittsburgh police officers from Zone 5 came together to have an honest and open dialogue. …

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