One County’s 20-Year Effort to Decriminalize Mental Illness

Many cities across the United States are rethinking the role of police in responding to mental health emergencies. Miami-Dade County has spent the last two decades revamping their policing — along with many other aspects of how their criminal justice system treats people in crisis. What lessons have they learned?


Steve Leifman, JD, Associate Administrative Judge, Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida; Founder, Miami-Dade County Criminal Mental Health Project

Carol Caraballo, MSW, MPA, LCSW, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, Thriving Mind South Florida

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