In The Know: From police custody to psychiatric care; mental health first aid; the crisis of rural and small-town Oklahoma…
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Task force wants better process for getting mentally ill from police custody to psychiatric care: A task force involving psychiatrists, first responders and hospitals wants to streamline the process for getting people having a mental health emergency into proper care. Project Blue Streets Chairman Jason Beaman said the idea behind the task force is simple. “Our police officers are spending hours and hours and hours in emergency rooms, often waiting on unnecessary and nonscientific-based tests and labs instead of out patrolling our streets,” Beaman said. [Public Radio Tulsa]
Learning the skills of mental health first aid ‘could be a game changer: If you take a CPR class, that doesn’t mean you are qualified to be a cardiologist. But CPR is an important step in the first aid to a patient who may be having a heart issue. Tulsa Community College believes a first-aid course for mental health could be a similar lifesaver for those showing some warning signs of a mental health issue. [John Klein / Tulsa World]
Prosperity Policy: The crisis of rural and small-town Oklahoma: At a recent candidates’ forum in Lawton hosted by Oklahoma Watch and Together Oklahoma, Republicans and Democrats alike said access to health care is one of the top challenges facing rural and small-town Oklahomans. “Two years ago, the hospital in my district, in Frederick, closed,” said Trey Caldwell, the Republican candidate in House District 63. [David Blatt / Journal Record]
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