A Teen with Autism Helping Police Learn to Help Those in a Mental Health Crisis

January 12, 2019

Of the nearly one thousand people killed by police last year, one in four were suffering from a mental health crisis. That’s according to a study by the Washington Post. The Department of Justice says police officers need to be trained to recognize someone with mental health problems, but nationally police academies spend an average of just 8 hours on crisis intervention. Matter of Fact correspondent Diane Roberts met with a police department in Maryland that’s getting additional training from a teenager to help save lives.