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April 14, 2018
"We all know that individuals, whether it is substance abuse or mental health concerns, there are more and more individuals living in our communities day in and day out. And unfortunately sometimes, when they interact with law enforcement, they get confused, they get agitated … very simple to do. That's why freeing up the resources to help these departments to engage more in this process makes perfect sense," said Assemblyman John McDonald, while speaking at a press conference to promote Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Programs, which would divert perpetrators of low-level crimes away from jail and into treatment services for addiction and mental illness.