All service providers are struggling to meet the increased volume and severity of mental health related cases they are forced to deal with every day.
In Minnetonka the crisis and mental health calls are on track to reach 377 this year (from 120 in 2005).
Community Engagement Police Officer Scott Marks of Minnetonka MN has just received a national “Why We Serve” contest for his proposed “Aftercare Program” training of officers to visit patients that have been sent to the hospital and help them find resources after they are released.
Programs like Officer Mark’s will make our communities safer and more livable. As a long time volunteer CASA guardian ad Litem, I have watched far too many traumatized teen and preteen children behaving badly and treated like criminals when what they need is the aftercare this police officer is working to make happen.
Share this with your networks and send it to your local police department with a donation you can afford and a request that the money is used for a program like Officer Scott Marks is building.
Another snapshot of how deep and wide the problem is in our community, a single hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, sees 800 to 1000 emergency psychiatric cases each month. Many of them children. HCMC serves many of the people officer Marks is trying to help.
All Adults Are The Protectors of All Children.