National Training for Police and Mental Health Crisis Support
Urge Congress to Ensure Police are Trained to Interact with People on the Spectrum
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-KA) reintroduced the bipartisan Law Enforcement Education and Accountability for People with Disabilities (LEAD) Initiative. This legislation will help bring about racial justice and address the high incidence rate of police violence involving people with autism and other disabilities. The LEAD Initiative consists of two bills – the Safe Interactions Act (SIA) and the Human-services Emergency Logistic Program (HELP) Act. These two bills are also introduced in the House. Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced the HELP Act and Representatives Susan Wild (D-PA) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced the SIA Act.
These two bills will improve training and support systems for safer interactions with law enforcement and other first responders. The Safe Interactions Act authorizes funding for enhanced training programs for law enforcement officers on safe, effective, and respectful interactions with people with autism and other disabilities. The HELP Act would reduce outreach to 9-1-1 call systems and get people the help they need, particularly those experiencing a mental health crisis, by enhancing the 2-1-1 system and creating a 9-8-8 mental service helpline.
Please use this action alert to urge your Representatives and Senators to co-sponsor these ever-important bills.