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Unpacking Treatment Initiation & Engagement

JSP Staff

One important way police can directly improve public safety is by prioritizing access to community-based treatment for historically excluded groups instead of taking them to jail where they receive no or limited treatment services.

This resource discusses initiating and engaging with the treatment open door approach. At first, it might seem as though replacing the criminal legal system revolving door with a treatment open door does not solve the root concern for behavior requiring police involvement. However, for many individuals with recurring mental health symptomology and drug use, the same old response of jail does not provide the care they need. A treatment open door, instead, can provide even small amounts of direct service and targeted care to individuals overtime.