How communities respond to a mental health crisis is one of the key issues facing people with mental health disabilities today.  Too often, police respond to calls to 911 in ways that cause physical and emotional harm to people in crisis, especially those from Black and brown communities.  The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law released a report, “When There’s a Crisis, Call a Peer:  How People with Lived Experience Make Mental Health Crisis Services More Effective.”  The report explains that when people with lived experience with mental health challenges working as “peer specialists” respond to these calls, individuals who need help are less likely to be admitted to emergency rooms and hospitals, more likely to be engaged in community-based services, experience less self-stigma and more self-empowerment, and are less likely to need crisis services in the future. Read the full report (PDF).