Lost Minds: KC’s Mental Health Crisis

Lost Minds: KC’s Mental Health Crisis


EXPOSE HOW IT’S FIGHTING
MENTALLY ILL.
HE’S THREATENING SUICIDE. EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO THE
POLICE.
WE REVEAL A MAYHEM ON OUR STREETS.
SCREAMING AND YELLING, AND
USING PROFANITIES. AND IN OUR COMMUNITIES.
WE DON’T NEED TO BE SITTING
AT A BUS STOP WITH OTHER PEOPLE. MEET THE HEALTHCARE
PROFESSIONALS WHO WORK
ALONGSIDE. OVERWHELMED AND UNDERFUNDED.
THIS IS GOING TO COME TO A
HALT. THESE ARE THE PEOPLE EXPECTED
TO PATCH UP A SYSTEM THAT’S
BROKEN. IT’S A CRISIS SITUATION.
HE CAME UP THERE.
HE WAS GETTING VIOLENT. AND PUTS US ALL IN DANGER.
ONE NIGHT IN JUNE EARLIER
THIS YEAR, OFFICERS CHARLES OWEN AND JASON COTE ARE ON PATROL IN
THE SOUTH OF THE CITY WHEN A
CALL COMES IN. A MALE IS THREATENING SUICI
SUICIDE.
THEY DEALT WITH THIS MAN BEFORE.
A FIRE TRUCK AND AN AMBULANCE
ARE PART OF THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.
A LOT OF ANXIETY ISSUES.
HE’S GOT SOME MEDICAL ISSUES AS WELL, AND HE’S FEELING
DEPRESSED.
AND THE SEARCH FOR WEAPONS EXTENDS TO THE MAN’S BRIEFCASE,
AND HE FINDS EVIDENCE ISN’T THE
FIRST TIME HE’S BEEN IN CRISIS. MOST OF THESE ARE FROM WHERE
HE’S BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE
HOSPITAL. THEY WILL TAKE HIM TO A
FACILITY WHERE HE WILL BE GIVEN
ANOTHER MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION.
MEANWHILE CHARLES FINDS OUT MORE
ABOUT HIM. THIS INDIVIDUAL, I RAN HIS
NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH, ONE OF
HIS FIRESHIS IDENTIFIERS. HE HAS ONE FOR KANSAS CITY
HARASSMENT AND ONE FOR A DEADLY
WEAPON. THIS IS DEFINITELY A PERSON WE
DON’T NEED OUT SITTING AT A BUS
STOP WITH OTHER PEOPLE. IN THE FIRST 6 MONTHS OF THIS
YEAR KCMO POLICE TOOK CALLS
REGARDING PEOPLE SUICIDAL. ON AVERAGE, THAT’S AROUND 7 PER
DAY.
IT WAS ONLY TOWARDS THE HE SAID OF LAST YEAR POLICE RECORDED THE
NUMBERS THEY DEAL WITH IN A
MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS. OFFICERS ARE AT THE
FRONTLINE, AND WE ARE THE FIRST
PERSON USUALLY THAT RUNS INTO THEM.
WE ARE NOT BY OURSELVES, AND
WE HAVE WORKERS AT THE HOSPITAL, DOCTORS, NURSES, AND
PSYCHIATRIST, AND THE PROBLEM IS
WE DON’T WORK AS WELL AS WE SHOULD.
MENTAL ILLNESS IS NOT
CONFINED TO A PARTICULAR SEX, GENERATION OR CLASS.
ONE IN FIVE OF AMERICAN ADULTS
HAD A MENTAL ILLNESS IN 2013, AND IT’S AS COMMON AS DIABETES.
IT CAN EFFECT ANYONE.
MEET KATE. SHE HAS AN MBA AND WORKS AS A
SENIOR MARKETING EXECUTIVE.
SHE ALSO HAS BIPOLAR DISORDER. IT INVOLVES A LOT OF HIGHS
AND LOWS.
OFTENTIMES I GET VERY, VERY DEPRESSED TO THE POINT OF
SUICIDE, AND THERE ARE TIMES I
GET REALLY, REALLY HIGH, FEEL LIKE I CAN DO ANYTHING.
KATE’S MEDICATION AND THERAPY
SENSES COSTS $1,400 A MONTH, AND NONE OF IT IS OPTIONAL.
A FEW WEEKS AGO, INSURANCE
DID NOT COVER ONE OF MY MEDICATIONS I HAD TAKEN FOR SIX
YEARS, AND I NEARLY IMMEDIATELY
BECAME SUICIDAL. THE PSYCHIATRIST INTERVENED
AND PUT HER ON SOME NEW DRUGS.
IF I WASN’T AS LUCKY AS I AM, BEING ABLE TO AFFORD MY
MEDICATIONS AND HAVING A STRONG
SUPPORT SYSTEM, I COULD EASILY BE VERY, VERY SICK AGAIN.
KATE PROVES THAT MENTAL
ILLNESS, IF CONTROLLED, NEED NOT BE A PART OF SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
BUT IN 2012 IN THE GREATER
KANSAS CITY AREA NEARLY 100,000 PEOPLE WERE NOT RECEIVING
TREATMENT FOR CANS LIKE BIPOLAR
DISORDER OR SCHIZOPHRENIA. THESE SERVING OFFICERS ARE
UNDERGOING A WEEK’S WORTH OF
VOLUNTARY TRAINING CALLED THE CRISIS INTERVENTION TEAM OR CIP
PROGRAM.
HOW TO RECOGNIZE IF SOMEONE IS IN A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS,
AND THEY HEAR FROM SUFFERERS
LIKE KATE. I WOULD HOPE IF I WERE TO
DEAL WITH SOMEONE OF YOUR
STATURE, THAT I WOULD HAVE SOMEONE WHO WAS KIND, WHO WAS
PATIENT.
AT THE END OF THE WEEK, THEY GRADUATE TO CUT OFFICERS AND
EARN THE RIGHT TO WEAR THE
BADGE. IT WAS FIRST BROUGHT TO THE
KANSAS CITY AREA IN 1999, AND
TODAY AROUND A THIRD OF OFFICERS ON THE MISSOURI SIDE OF THE CITY
HAVE BEEN THROUGH IT.
CAPTAIN DARREN IVY WOULD LIKE THE NUMBER TO BE HIGHER.
IT WOULD MAKE MY DAY IF I
CAME IN AND FOUND OUT EVERY SINGLE MEMBER OF THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT VOLUNTARILY TRAINED
TO BECOME I.T. OFFICERS. WOULD THAT EVER HAPPEN?
NO.
BUT I HAVE SEEN THE NUMBERS GO UP.
AND SOME OF THE OFFICERS WILL
BECOME CIT TRAINED. THAT DEPENDS ON THE VOLUNTEER
TRAINING.
COCOMPULSORY SESSIONS ON THE MENTAL ILL IS WITHIN SIX MONTHS.
THE FIRST CALL FOR SERVICE
THEY HAVE MAY BE INVOLVING SOMEONE IN CRISIS, AND I THINK
THE MENTAL ILL CARE SYSTEM IN
THIS COUNTRY IS BROKEN. SOME CIT SERGEANTS HAVE
STEPPED FORWARD.
JOHN BRYANT IS ONE OF THEM. JOHN TEACHES DEESCALATION
TECHNIQUES ON THE CIT PROGRAM.
LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY RECEIVED A
LOT OF NEGATIVITY IN THE PRESS
AND CIVIL LAWSUITS IN REGARD TO CONTACT WE HAVE HAD WITH PEOPLE
THAT SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS.
IT HELPS OFFICERS TO REDUCE THAT TYPE OF LIABILITY.
JOHN IS ALSO SEEING MENTAL
ILLNESS AFFECTED ON THE FAMILIES.
IN AUGUST OF 2003 WHILE OUT ON
PATROL HIS WIFE CALLED HIM. HE TOOK A BUTCHER KNIFE OUT
OF THE STRAINER AND CUT THE
PHONE LINE AND TRIED TO STAB HIS STEPMOTHER, AND MY WIFE TOLD ME
THIS, AND SHE SAID CALL 911, AND
THERE’S POLICE OFFICERS AND AN AMBULANCE ON THE WAY TO OUR
HOUSE, AND YOU NEED TO GET HERE
AS SOON AS YOU CAN. HE WAS SENT TO HIS OWN HOUSE
TO EXTRICATE HIS SON WHO WAS
STILL ARMED WITH A KNIFE. I TOLD HIM TO DROP THE KNIFE
OR I WAS GOING TO SHOOT HIM.
IT BROKE MY HEART WHEN I LOOKED DOWN AND I HAD MY WEAPON IN MY
HAND AND TALKING TO MY OWN
CHILD. I PUT MY WEAPON AWAY, AND I TOOK
MY NIGHT STICK AND KNOCKED IT
OUT OF HIS HAND. HE SENSED SOMETHING WAS UP
AND HE WASN’T PREPARED TO DRIVE
HIS SON TO A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY.
SHE WAS RIGHT.
I SPECIFICALLY HAD IN MIND I WAS GOING TO TAKE MY SON TO LONGVIEW
LAKE, AND VISIT WITH HIM FOR A
WHILE. I WAS TIRED.
I DIDN’T FEEL LIKE DEALING WITH
ANYMORE. AFTER HE LEFT, SHE
DESPERATELY CALLED THE NUMBER OF
HIS COLLEAGUES ON THE FORCE, AND THEY CONVINCED HIM NOT TO DO IT,
AND HE TURNED THE CAR AROUND,
AND JOHN HAS NEVER FORGOTTEN HOW HE WAS HELPED.
I TOOK A VOW ANY TIME ANYBODY
NEEDED A SHOULDER TO LEAN ON, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO HELP THEM OUT.
SENSE THE START OF THE YEAR
JOHN VOLUNTEERED TO WORK WITH SHERRY STAFFORD TRUMAN
BEHAVIORAL SHE WILL.
SHERRI IS A COMMUNITY HEALTH LIAISON AND IT’S A POST CREATED
BY MISSOURI GOVERNOR JAY NIXON
THAT BEGAN IN THE FA FALL OF LAT YEAR.
THE IDEA IS LIAISONS WOULD
REDUCE A MASS SHOOTING. THEY FOLLOW US TO KEEP THEM
ENGAGED IN SERVICES AND SEE THAT
THEY ARE STABLE. SHERRI’S JOB IS TO GET THE
MENTAL ILL INTO TREATMENT.
LET’S SEE IF WE CAN ENGAGE HER INTO SERVICES.
THANK YOU.
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI HAS FIVE LIAISONS, AND FOR THE
NORTHLAND IT’S PEGGY GORENFLO.
SHE’S BEEN ASSIGNED TO WORK WITH 41 LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.
I WILL LEAVE IT UP TO YOU.
AND THE LIAISON’S GET A REPORT AND THEY TRY TO GET THEM
INTO SERVICES AND MAKE SURE THEY
STAY ENGAGED FOR AT LEAST A MONTH.
WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF PEOPLE
THAT WE NEED TO GO OUT AND SEE AND DON’T HAVE TIME.
WE ARE JUST GOING THROUGH AND
TRIAGING THEM. IF THEY CAN’T REACH SOMEONE
BY PHONE, THEY WILL VISIT THEM,
BUT IT’S NOT SAFE TO GO OUT ON THEIR OWN.
WE NEED THE POLICE TO GO OUT
WITH THEM ON THESE VISITS SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE THAT EVERY
INDIVIDUAL ISN’T A DANGER TO
THEMSELVES OR OTHERS. AS THE STATE FUNDING, THE
LIAISON’S CAN ONLY GO OUT WHEN
OFFICERS ON DUTY CAN BE FREED UP.
TODAY IN JULY IS THE FIRST TIME
PEGGY HAS GONE OUT IN THE SHOAL CREEK AREA.
AT THE TOP OF THEIR LIST IS A
MAN WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA WHO PEGGY HAS RECEIVED REPORTS ON SINCE
THE START OF THE YEAR.
DURING THE LAST, HE CONTACTED POLICE AND TOLD HER BECAUSE OF
THE INTRUDERS IN HIS HOUSE HE
ARMED HIMSELF WITH HIS GUNS. THE INTRUDERS WERE IMAGINABLE,
AND THE GUNS WEREN’T, AND THE
POLICE TOOK THEM AWAY. THE VISIT WENT WELL.
HE TOLD THEM HE’S SEEING A
DOCTOR AND TAKING HIS MEDICATION.
PEGGY, HOWEVER, IS NOT CONVINCED
HIS STABLE. HE CERTAINLY COULD BE A
DANGER TO OTHERS WHO ARE
PARANOID ABOUT A PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL THAT HE THINKS, YOU
KNOW, IS MESSING WITH HIM.
HE DID TALK QUITE A BIT ABOUT HIS WEAPONS.
I WAS WORRIED WHEN HE WAS
TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE. HE’S PARANOID ABOUT THE
NEIGHBOR AND WANTS HIS GUNS BACK
TO PROTECT HIMSELF. IF THE COURT ORDERED A PERSON
BE UNDER THE CARE, THEY WON’T
GET THEIR GUNS BACK FROM THE POLICE AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN SENT
HOME.
IT’S THE DOCTORS WHO APPLY FOR THE COURT ORDER, BUT IN PEGGY’S
EXPERIENCE, THIS RARELY HAPPENS,
BECAUSE THE DOCTORS WANT TO SEE PEOPLE RELEASED QUICKLY AND
TREATED IN THE COMMUNITY.
THEY DON’T NEED TO MAKE A BLANKET ISSUE THAT ANYBODY WITH
AN ILLNESS NEEDS WEAPONS.
AGAIN, SOMEBODY IS PARANOID OR DELUSIONAL, AND THAT CAN BE VERY
CONCERNING, AND WHEN THEY HAVE A
WEAPON SUCH AS A GUN. FORTUNATELY SCHIZOPHRENIC MAN
APPLIED FOR THE COURT ORDER, AND
SERGEANT CINDI SHELDON BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE STRAIGHTFORWARD.
IT’S A TRICKY SITUATION, AND
WE HATE TO SEE SOMEONE UNSTABLE HAVE THAT WEAPON.
THE MAN COULD BECOME A DANGER
TO OTHERS, AND PEGGY WILL TRY TO VISIT WITH HIM WHEN CINDI IS
NEXT FREE IN A MONTH’S TIME.
ATTACKING A PERSON WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, IN THE 10 MONTHS UP TO
JUNE THIS YEAR, CIT OFFICERS ARE
ALONE, AND THE LIAISONS, AND REPORTS KEEP COMING THICK AND
FAST AS PEOPLE HIT CRISIS.
I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE MORE OF MY TIME TO THESE
CASES.
THIS IS MY FOLDER FOR WHAT I HAVE RECEIVED SO FAR TO DATE.
SHERRI RECEIVES REPORTS ON
THOSE IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY. SHE’S BEING TOLD SHE SHOULD BE
ABLE TO HANDLE 30 A MONTH BUT SO
FAR HER AVERAGE HAS BEEN OVER 70.
FOR AUGUST SHE RECEIVED 119.
LIKE PEGGY, SHE HAS PRIORITIES FOR VISITS.
THERE ARE THINGS THAT PUT
THEM IN DANGER OR OTHER PEOPLE IN DANGER, AND THEY ARE REALLY
NOT GOING TO GET ANY BETTER.
ALTHOUGH SHE WOULD LIKE TO GET OUT EVERY DAY TO CHECK ON
THEM, JOHN CAN ONLY GO WITH HER
A FEW HOURS EVERY TWO WEEKS. ON THIS DAY SHE’S WAITING TO
PICK HER UP AND HE CAN’T SPARE
THE TIME. I KNEW WE WERE GOING TO BE
BUSY AND I DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO
GO WITH HER. DISPATCHED TROOST AVENUE, AND
IT’S CAUSING A COMMOTION.
LISTEN TO ME VERY CAREFULLY. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THE
HANDCUFFS OFF OF YOU, AND YOU
NEED TO LEAVE YOUR HANDS WHERE YOU ARE AT.
THE MAN HAS BEEN IN CARE
BEFORE. HE CLAIMS HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY
MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES NOW.
JOHN DOESN’T AGREE. AND HE WAS CALLING PEOPLE
RACIAL NAMES, AND HE HAS MENTAL
HEALTH ISSUES. IT’S FAIRLY EVIDENT.
FOR THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF
THE YEAR, A QUARTER CALLS GO OUT TO POLICE INVOLVING A MENTALLY
ILL PERSON.
JOHN STILL WANTS TO GET SHERRI, BUT ANOTHER CALL COMES IN. LAY DOWN!
LAY DOWN!
THE COUPLE KNOWN TO THE POLICE ARE ALCOHOLICS AND ARE
NOT PART OF THE MENTALLY ILL.
GOING TO TAKE HIM TO THE HOSPITAL AND GET HIM CHECKED
OUT.
AND JOHN HAS FINALLY STEPPED OFF TO COLLECT SHERRIE, BUT A
MENTALLY ILL BOY GOES INTO
LOCKDOWN AND ATTACKED HIS FAMILY.
CALLS ABOUT HER 10-YEAR-OLD
SON BEING OUT OF CONTROL. USING HIS CIT TRAINING, JOHN
WILL CALM THE BOY DOWN, AND THEN
HE SPEAKS TO THE MOTHER. THEY TELL ME HE HAS TO BE
WANTING TO HURT HIMSELF OR HURT
SOMEBODY. THE FACT HE’S PUSHING OTHER
KIDS AROUND.
SHE TRIED TO GET HER SON INTO A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY BEFORE
THE LATEST INCIDENT BUT WAS TOLD
HE WASN’T DANGEROUS ENOUGH. HE THREATENED TO JUMP OUT OF
THE CAR WHILE IT WAS MOVING.
I GOT HIM HOME. WHAT HE DID, HE WENT UPSTAIRS,
AND STARTED SHOVING THE OTHER
KIDS INTO THE BACK OF THE DOOR. HE WAS GETTING VIOLENT.
HER SON IS BEING PRESCRIBED
MEDICATION, BUT SHE CAN’T GET HIM TO TAKE IT.
SHE CAN’T TREAT HIM AT HOME.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HIM BE AT SOME KIND OF FACILITY AND GET
CALMED DOWN AND CONTROL OVER HIS
LIFE SO EVERYBODY STAYS SAFE. JOHN HAS TO GO, AND HE ASKS
SHERRIE TO CONTACT THE MOTHER.
SHE WAS WANTING TO TALK TO THE DOCTOR ABOUT FINDING A
FACILITY TO TAKE HIM TO.
IT’S ANOTHER CASE FOR HER TO FOLLOW UP.
JOHN WON’T GET TO HER TODAY AND
WILL NOT GET OUT FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS.
MEANWHILE FURTHER SOUTH IN THE
CITY, CIT OFFICERS JASON AND CHARLES ARE TRYING TO REACH
THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS BEFORE
THEY HIT CRISIS. SOME FOLKS WE HAVE TO CONTACT
DOZENS OF TIMES BEFORE THEY
LEARN TO TRUST US ENOUGH TO GET THEM HELP.
SOME DON’T BELIEVE THE POLICE
WANT TO ACTUALLY HELP THEM. THEY ESTIMATED A QUARTER OF
OUR HOME’S POPULATION SUFFER
FROM SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS. THIS HOMELESS MAN TELLS ME HE’S
BEING DIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR
DISORDER BUT WON’T TAKE HIS MEDICATION.
WE DO.
HE’S SELF MEDICATING WITH ALCOHOL.
THEY SEARCH HIM FOR WEAPONS.
LATER ON THEY WILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH HIM AGAIN AFTER HE APPEARS
TO PASS OUT ON THE SIDEWALK.
MEANWHILE, IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER VISIT.
YOU ARE NOT IN ANY TROUBLE.
I HOPE NOT. NOT IN ANY TROUBLE.
THEY TANNED THIS MAN’S HOUSE
A FEW WEEKS BEFORE WHEN HE WAS CAUSING A DISTURBANCE.
I DON’T THINK HE’S DANGEROUS BUT
WE WOULD LIKE TO GET HIM INTO SERVICES.
IN HIS WORDS, HIS MIND IS
SHOT. HE HAS NOBODY REALLY ASSIGNED TO
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS GUY.
HE’S NOT ON MEDICATION, AND ONCE IN A WHILE HE WILL GET DRUNK AND
RUN AND HOLLER OUT NEIGHBORS.
THEIR TIME FOR SUCH VISITS IS OVER.
AND WE ARE GOING TO A CALL
REGARDING A MOTHER WHO IS TRYING TO RESTRAIN HER 15-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER WHO IS DIAGNOSED WITH
BIPOLAR DISORDER, AND THE DAUGHTER IS SCREAM.
WHEN SHE ARRIVES, THE
DAUGHTER IS OUT OF CONTROL. THEY WILL CALM HER DOWN AND
DECIDE TO TRANSPORT HER TO A
FACILITY. WHILE THEY MOVE HER, IT’S POLICE
POLICY THAT SHE’S HANDCUFFED.
BEFORE THEY LEAVE, CHARLES GIVES A QUICK TOUR INSIDE THE HOUSE.
OVER HERE, WHILE SHE’S TRYING
TO RESTRAIN HER, SHE HAD BROKEN A TABLE, AND WE HAVE A BROKEN
PICTURE, AND A BROKEN MIRROR.
SHE THREW IT OFF THE WALL AND ALSO THREW A CELL PHONE.
JUST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THIS
INCIDENT, A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY HAD RELEASED THE GIRL.
SHE HAD BEEN GIVEN MEDICATION,
BUT HER MOTHER WOULDN’T LET HER TAKEN UNTIL SHE GOT A SECOND
OPINION ON THE SIDE EFFECTS.
IF THEY DON’T TAKE THE MEDICATION, ALL OF THIS IS FOR
NOTHING.
IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO DO THE THINGS ON THEIR END, IT’S NOT
GOING TO HELP.
A CARE SYSTEM ISN’T SUPPOSED TO WORK LIKE THIS.
ONLY THOSE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS
VULNERABLE TO CRISIS, BUT IT’S A LIVING COMMUNITY AND EXPECTED TO
ENGAGE IN TREATMENT THEMSELVES,
AND EVEN THOSE WHO QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID MAY BE RELUCTANT TO
SEEK HELP.
SOUTH OF THE CITY, SWOPE HEALTH SERVICES TRIES TO REACH THE VERY
POOR.
ITS LIAISON IS CHERYL REED. I CANNOT VISIT EVERYONE.
THE NUMBERS ARE JUST TOO HIGH,
AND I’M JUST ONE PERSON. CHERYL HAS FOUND THAT EVEN
WHEN PEOPLE ARE GIVEN MEDICATION
FOR FREE, MANY WON’T TAKE IT. A LOT OF THE TIME PEOPLE WITH
CHRONIC MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
DON’T REALIZE THEY HAVE A PROBLEM, NO. 1.
HER HUSBAND SAID SHE WASN’T
TAKING IT ANYWAY. HE SAID SHE WAS, BUT SHE SAID
SHE WASN’T.
THE SIDE EFFECTS, AND THEY DON’T LIKE THE SIDE EFFECTS, AND
THERE’S OFTEN WEIGHT GAIN.
THEY DON’T LIKE THE WAY IT MAKES THEM FEEL, LETHARGIC, HIGH,
WOOZY.
STIGMA, THEY DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO BEING THEY ARE CRAZY.
I’M ALLERGIC TO TOMATOES, AND
I WILL STOP EATING TOMATOES. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT
GETTING SERVICES?
I LIKE TO THINK THAT I AM SAVING LIVES THROUGH THESE
VISITS, STOPPING THEM FROM
HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS. SHE HAD LACERATIONS ON HER
ARMS AND LEGS THAT WERE
BLEEDING. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN SOMEBODY
MIGHT LISTEN TO THE VOICE THAT
THEY ARE HEARING TELLING THEM TO KILL THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS OR
TELLING THEM TO GO ON A SHOOTING
RAMPAGE. BUT ALL WE CAN DO IS TRY TO
REACH AS MANY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN
AND STOP ANOTHER CRISIS FROM OCCURRING.
SINCE THE START OF THE YEAR,
CHERYL HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET OUT WITH VISITS TWICE A WEEK BECAUSE
SWOPE FREED UP $10,000
INTERNALLY TO BUY OFF DUTY POLICE TIME.
OVER 50% OF THOSE SHE’S VISITED
ARE NOW ENGAGED IN SERVICES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
IT’S BEEN A SUCCESS, BUT THE
FUNDING FOR HER POLICE ESCORT IS COMING TO AN END.
THE ISSUE THAT WE HAVE RIGHT
NOW IS THAT WE ARE OUT OF FUNDING, AND SO THIS PROJECT IS
GOING TO COME TO A HALT.
SWOPE WILL TRY AND KEEP THE PRONGT GOING, BUT THE RATE OF
CHERYL’S VISITS I WILL DROP FROM
ONCE A WEEK TO ONCE A MONTH. POLICE LOOK INTO THE FEASIBILITY
OF THE CIT’S WORKING FULL-TIME
WITH LIAISONS LIAISON. JASON AND CHARLES ARE ON ANOTHER
SHIFT, AND THEY KNOW WHAT TO
EXPECT. IT’S ALMOST LIKE THEY ARE
PUTTING DUCT TAPE ON AN
AIRPLANE, AND YOU KNOW AT SOME POINT THE WINGS ARE GOING TO
FALL OFF, AND YOU ARE EXPECTED
TO KEEP FLYING AND FLYING AND FLYING, AND IT’S DANGEROUS.
DISPATCH A FAMILIAR CALL.
YOU TALK ABOUT THE FURNITURE ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING.
RIGHT NOW WE ARE GOING TO ONE
OF THE CITY HOMELESS SHELTERS, REGARDING A POSSIBLE FLIGHT
PATIENT THREATENING TO KILL
HIMSELF. ON THE WAY THEY ARE TOLD HE
LEFT THE SHELTER AND THE
BYSTANDER TELLS ME TO SPEAK TO A YOUNG MAN THERE.
THEY THINK THEY FOUND HIM.
HE BELIEVES THE HOMELESS SHELTER IS FAR, AND THE OFFICERS QUICKLY
ASSESS HIM AS SUFFERING FROM
SCHIZOPHRENIA, AND HIS FATHER IS ON HIS WAY TO PICK HIM UP AND
LET’S CHARLES ON THE PHONE.
A FEW MINUTES LATER, THE MAN’S FATHER ARRIVES TO COLLECT HIM.
HE ASSURES THE OFFICERS THAT HE
CAN HANDLE THINGS FROM HERE. ANOTHER CALL COMES IN.
HE IS NOT THE RIGHT PERSON, WE
JUST FOUND OUT. THE OFFICERS RACED OVER TO
THE HOMELESS SHELTER TO PREVENT
THE SUICIDE. THE YOUNG MAN IS TELLING HIM
TO KILL HIMSELF BUT HE DOESN’T
WANT TO DO IT. HE HAD BEEN RELEASED BY A MENTAL
HEALTH FACILITY THREE DAYS
BEFORE EVEN THOUGH HIS MEDICATION HAS YET TO TAKE
AFFECT.
HE’S DECIDED THAT THE OFFICERS WOULD TRANSPORT HIM BACK TO THE
FACILITY.
WHILE THEY WAIT FOR THE POLICE VAN, THEY JUST NEED TO KEEP HIM
CALM, AND THEN THE UNEXPECTED
HAPPENS. OH, HELP ME!
JASON HAS TO LEAVE CHARLES BY
HIMSELF. A CAB DROPPED THIS GUY OFF,
AND HE HAD A HIP INJURY AND HE
THINKS HE REBROKE IT WHILE WE ARE DEALING WITH OTHER HERE WHO
IS SUICIDAL WHO WE HAVE TO TAKE
ON THE OTHER HOSPITAL. ANWHILE THEY HELP HIM INTO TE
SHELTER THEY ARRIVE TO TRANSPORT
THE MAN WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA. THEY TAKE HIM TO TRUMAN
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH EMERGENCY
DEPARTMENT TO BE EVALUATED. INSIDE ALL IS QUIET BECAUSE THE
DEPARTMENT HAS DIVERTED CALLS TO
OTHER FACILITIES. BUT A FEW MONTHS AGO IN APRIL,
JASON AND CHARLES WITNESSED A
VERY DIFFERENT SCENE. ONCE AGAIN, THEY BROUGHT SOMEONE
HERE WHO IS IN A MENTAL HEALTH
CRISIS. A DOZEN OR SO PEOPLE LAYING
ON PILLOWS AND BLANKETS IN THE
HALLWAY BECAUSE THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE SPACE OR THE ROOMS OR THE
BEDS TO PUT THEM.
WHILE JASON STARTED TO WRITE THE CIT REPORT, A FIGHT BROKE
OUT ON THE FLOOR.
IT PUTS THE STAFF IN DANGER, US IN DANGER AND OTHER PEOPLE
THAT ARE THERE TO TRY TO GET
DIAGNOSED AND EVALUATED IN DANGER.
THE STAFF THERE DOES AN
EXCELLENT JOB BUT THEY ARE WAY OVERWHELMED, JUST LIKE WE ARE.
OTHER POLICE OFFICERS
CONFIRMED THEY HAVE ALSO SEEN PEOPLE LYING IN THE HALLWAYS AT
THE DEPARTMENT WAITING TO BE
EVALUATED. IN A STATEMENT HE SAID THE GOAL
IS ALWAYS TO PROVIDE THE BEST
AND SAFEST MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES TO THEIR PATIENTS.
AS THE EMERGENCY MENTAL HEALTH
DEPARTMENT IN THE AREA, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE POLICY
MAKERS IMPROVE FUNDING.
BUT ACROSS THE STATE, RESOURCES ARE BEING SQUEEZED.
IN JUNE THIS YEAR MISSOURI’S
DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH ANNOUNCED CUTS OF $34 MILLION.
A CALLER HAS NOT SEEN HER
HUSBAND FOR SEVERAL HOURS, AND HE HAS PTSD.
HE ASSAULTED HER EARLIER TODAY
AND TOOK A SHOTGUN AND A HANDGUN.
911 REMAINED THE ONLY HOPE.  

Comments

(22 Comments)

  • Betty Mach

    Who every this was that mad this mess I will PRAY for them

  • Wendy Citron

    This is an amazingly touching documentary. Bravo to those who organized this. Hopefully this can help bring about much needed changes!  

  • nick kirschner

    First things first, how was officer John Bryant (spelling ?) Deemed competent to carry a firearm or stay on the police force after he had to be talked down from killing both his son and himself due to being tired of dealing with his mentally ill son? Call me crazy but something seems a bit off with that situation, I personally wouldn't be able to trust him to be able to do his job without the possibility of him becoming "tired" of dealing with whatever situation set him off and shooting both that person and himself after…

  • Shawn&Inna Barrett

    The last comment about possibility the officer would relapse is not giving people with mental illnesses a chance on leading normal life..
    There is always a risk a person will snap mentally for the first time and for a person to relapse as a result of certain events. But that last comment seem more like a stigma of mental illness rather than posing a real concern that the officer would relapse.
    I think the chances are not likely. in the beginning of the film they showed a well socially adapted person on meds that is carrying on successful daily routine.

  • prenursekev

    This is such an amazing and important documentary. Thank you, KCPT

  • ckildegaard

    isn't this cherry-picking a little bit, though? Statistically, most people with mental illnesses are NOT violent or otherwise a danger to themselves or others…

  • Andy Headley

    Calling people names dose not mean that man is mentally ill y'all are all on a power trip

  • Creem Pie

    Great video content! Sorry for chiming in, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you heard the talk about – Mahorrla Protect Ownlife Method (just google it)? It is a good one of a kind product for protecting your family from danger without the headache. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my friend at last got cool results with it.

  • Rushani Dilrukshi

    Thanks for the video content! Sorry for the intrusion, I would love your initial thoughts. Have you considered – Mahorrla Protect Ownlife Method (search on google)? It is a good one of a kind product for protecting your family from danger minus the hard work. Ive heard some super things about it and my friend finally got cool success with it.

  • Patrick

    hey, it's all their own responsibilituh!

  • LaughingblueSu

    Are bipolar drugs addictive?

  • Teppup Retsam

    4 hours out of 6 months goes to mental health training, that's disgraceful.

  • Alexis Morton

    why would that police kill his own son and how did i get here

  • Ray Ray : The Awareness Channel

    I think calling the cops on the mentally ill,  is the wrong thing to do. Crisis is best and they should be present,  before the cops show up.  I would love some feedback.

  • Cathy Russo

    CIT officers are specially trained to deal with mentally ill people. Regular police can just escalate the violent situation.

  • mallory

    I was abused by cops in rochester NY.

  • William Frame

    Stayed at City Union Mission last year and it is an epidemic level problem that we need to admit we have and deal with.

  • Adrian Cottee

    if they gave funding to the mental health system then the police wouldn't have to deal with so many cases of mental health.

  • jeffrey baxley

    But its so easy to throw those with these conditions behind bars to deal with them then medicated out of their minds!

  • jeffrey baxley

    This documentary is hard proof but the law makers in Jeff city cuts funding oh and they have a private jet for functions as a over paid tard.

  • A.S. Minor

    I am an avid #MentalHealthAwareness advocate and performer, and I love this so much. I travel the country trying to bring that awareness on stages, in classrooms, hospitals, and on my YouTube channel, so I get excited when I see other advocates. 💙❤

  • Barbara Matthews

    Why isn't crisis training mandatory? As someone who has a diagnosed mental illness, I worry how I might be treated in a mental health emergency.

    I've only had one contact with the police and ambulance when I had a crisis situation. I was at home and my mom was worried about me.

    I barely remember. I know that i was compliant. I went to the hospital and was stabilized. What i remember was that I was more worried about getting a hospital bill. I'm a veteran but they wouldn't take me to the VA. Somehow arrangements were made and I didn't have to pay. I just don't remember the interactions. My head want in the right state of mind at the time. I was only a danger to myself and didn't want to hurt anyone else.

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