Building Relationships • Developing Leaders • Acting for Justice

As of July 1, our region is within reach of a pragmatic solution to a major social problem -- the overuse of emergency rooms as the default destination of those with mental illness who are apprehended by police but should not be incarcerated.

Written by Yvonne Smith, United Power for Action and Justice,  and Shakeel Syed, Lake County United, guest columnists to the Daily Herald.