Speaker: Judge Steve Leifman

Judge Leifman spoke on mental illness and the courts and how mental illness should not first be handled by the courts but by mental health professionals.  Every police dept now has CIT personnel in Dade county who are specially trained to help people with mental illness. There is a pre-diversion program to help people get treatment.   If you need assistance with a person suffering from mental illness and call the police department, then you should ask for the CIT personnel.This has significantly dropped the amount of persons suffering from mental illness from being housed in the county jails. 

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