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ERIC Number: ED154302
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 138
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Montgomery County Emergency Service, Norristown, Pennsylvania. An Exemplary Project.
Blew, Carol H.; Cirel, Paul
Police are on duty around the clock. As the only available service agency during many hours of the day, they must cope with a variety of social problems, among them psychiatric and drug and alcohol emergencies that may not be criminal offenses but nevertheless pose a threat to the individual and the community. Few jurisdictions have developed a centralized system to provide care for people in such circumstances. One that has is Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The Montgomery County Emergency Service (MCES) is a private, nonprofit corporation and a fully-licensed and accredited psychiatric hospital which offers psychiatric and drug and alcohol emergency service. MCES services include telephone "hot-line" assistance, a specially equipped emergency ambulance, psychiatric evaluation, detoxification, short-term hospitalization, and referral to other agencies for continuing care. To assist police in handling these emergencies, MCES formed a Criminal Justice Liaison Network by placing trained human service workers in selected police departments. By designating MCES an Exemplary Project, the National Institute recognizes it as a viable alternative to arrest in various crisis situations. This manual is being published to provide information to other communities interested in developing a similar program. (Author)
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 20402 (Stock number 027-000-00638-8)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
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