Legal Rights and Best Practices for Individuals Experiencing a Mental Health Crisis (CLE)
February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
It’s time to register for the 2022 virtual African American Conference on Disabilities (AACD) throughout the month of February. This conference is a FREE event!
Tuesday, February 8th – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Phoenix time)
- Asim Dietrich, Esq. Supervisory Attorney for Investigation, Monitoring & Accountability, Arizona Center for Disability Law;
- Darrell Hill, Policy Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Persons with mental illness who are in a mental health crisis are often subject to discrimination when attempting to access crisis services. While people experiencing a physical health crisis can call 911 and receive a medical response within minutes, persons with mental illness often have to wait hours for assistance when requesting crisis services. Oftentimes, law enforcement respond to mental health crises rather than mental health professionals.
This session will provide information on the legal rights of persons with mental illness who experience a mental health crisis, discuss issues with the current crisis response model, and provide information on best practices for mental health crisis response systems.