Divert from Justice Involvement

NAMI fights for policies to get people help, not handcuffs. In a mental health crisis, people with mental illnesses frequently encounter police rather than get medical attention. As a result, people with mental illness are over-represented in the criminal justice system. Every community should have robust crisis services for people experiencing a psychiatric emergency to receive help and avoid justice system involvement.

Death Penalty

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​NAMI opposes the death penalty for persons with serious mental illness or those who are mentally disabled.

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Jailing People with Mental Illness

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NAMI believes that everyone should have access to a full array of mental health services and supports that reduce involvement with the criminal justice system.

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Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs)

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NAMI supports laws authorizing Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) when they are carefully crafted to focus on specific, current behaviors and evidence-based risk factors for violence. NAMI opposes any ERPO laws that target, single out, or discriminate against people based on a diagnosis of a mental health condition by a qualified professional.

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