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People in mental health crisis need care, not cuffs. The DOJ seems to agree.

If you’re having a heart attack, chances are you won’t be handcuffed and stuffed in the back of a police cruiser when someone calls for help. You’ll probably be cla-clanked into an ambulance on a gurney, where people in a health crisis belong. But when Chioma Oruh would call for help when her brother — who lived for 47 years with schizophrenia — was having a panic attack or an anxiety attack, the handcuffs and a D.C. police cruiser were what he got, she said. Every time.

“Relying on a less effective, potentially harmful response … may deprive people with mental health disabilities of an equal opportunity to benefit from a critical public service,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said in a statement Thursday.

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More than $1.1M raised in The Washington Post Helping Hand 2020-2023 campaign

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Bread for the City CEO George Jones Wins Nonprofit Leader of the Year

George Jones has been acknowledged for his leadership in reducing staff burnout and pivoting in the face of challenges stemming from the pandemic.