NET Explores Mental Health and Law Enforcement Response

News Release Date: 
December 5, 2016

For Immediate Release

NET Explores Mental Health and Law Enforcement Response

LINCOLN, Neb. (Dec. 5, 2016) – When you think about calls to the police, you probably think of people reporting crimes such as burglary or assault. But frequently police calls, even some involving crimes, turn out to be rooted in mental health issues.

Police are often the first responders for people with mental health problems. What happens next is of critical importance, not only for the people involved, but for all Nebraskans, as communities decide what kind of services to offer and how to pay for them.

NET News is producing the 30-minute discussion program “Nebraska Mental Health: Who's Responding?” It premieres at 7 p.m. CT, Thursday, Dec. 15, on NET television. It also airs at 6:30 p.m. CT that same night on NET radio, just prior to the television broadcast. The program will be moderated by NET News Reporter/Producer Fred Knapp, who also covers the Legislature for NET.

In “Nebraska Mental Health: Who’s Responding?” experts discuss an innovative program of peer counseling in Lincoln, and the special challenges of providing services in rural areas.

Guests include: State Sen. Kate Bolz (District 29, Lincoln) who also chairs the Legislature’s Behavioral/Mental Health Task Force; Sgt. John Walsh of the Lincoln Police Department; Ashley Wilksen, peer support specialist with the Mental Health Association of Nebraska; and Mel McNea, chief executive officer at Great Plains Health in North Platte, Neb.

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