How Gainesville law enforcement responds to mental health crises

When law enforcement is called to a situation, it often can be tense. When that situation involves someone with trauma in his or her background or with mental illness, it can be especially difficult for all involved. “It’s not always a diagnosable mental illness that causes problems, but it can be a lack of family support, childhood trauma, issues with poverty and housing, and things like that that really create a need,” said Anjana Freeman, a mental health clinician hired in March to work with the Gainesville Police Department.

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