Smart Talk: Social workers hired to bridge gap for Lancaster police

Mental health calls often require a different type of response

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Airdate: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Not every call to police is a law enforcement emergency. Some calls for help are from members of the community needing a different kind of aid, sometimes involving situations that law enforcement are not trained to provide.

Every day, police officers find themselves responding to a wide variety of situations — from domestic disputes to traffic tie-ups. Not every call requires a police response, in fact, fewer than one in 10 involves violent event or crime.

So, who should answer a distress call involving mental health issues or non-violent family situations?

Joining Smart Talk Wednesday to highlight the Lancaster City Police Department‘s approach to this question are Sgt. Donald Morant with the Community Engagement Office of the Lancaster Bureau of Police, Leilany Tran, MSW, Police Social Worker with the Lancaster City Police Department, and Grace Mentzer, BSW, Police Social Worker with Lancaster City Police Department.

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Some dreams are so vivid they feel like they actually happened. Others, a clouded and indistinct memory that are difficult to recall.

What is the science behind our dreams and is there a way to analyze them?

Appearing on Smart Talk to share her expertise on this topic is Adriane Soehner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Center for Sleep and Circadian Science.

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