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   Posted 6/14/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -6)   
as i am consumer focused, and here i aus, our mental health act provides for only police to escort people whom they feel, as per there training to take people directly to the nearest public psychiatric facility for those they deem high risk to themselves or others. our act will be updated in a yr or 2. our police use effective discretion, i.e not charging the mentally unwell whereas if not mentally unwell with being disorderly, unsafe conduct etc. i think i will send my local dept an e-mail, as they do show compassion and discretion. thought i would ask how other countries practice the above. just something i have been thinking about for some time. your responses appreciated. providing topic is okay by hw. jamie

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   Posted 6/14/2009 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
When I was younger Jamie, I had a situation where my mother was losing it. She had taken too many ritalin when she had a stressful situation. She had a lot of problems, was manic depressive (bipolar) and a paranoid schitzophrenic. Well the cops came, but they waited outside my house for shift change, didin't want to deal with her. But the ambulance took her to a local hospital and from there we took her to the psychiatric ward. It was really sad, but I guess that is how it works here.

Though I imagine that there are other situations that go differently. But this topic is okay so don't worry about that.

I hope that you have a wonderful day. I have to go to work today and haven't seen the schedule, so I don't know when my next day off is.

Take care,

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   Posted 6/14/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning Jamie,

Here in our state the police may respond to a crisis call but the ambulance, paramedics, will come and transport the patient to the nearest Emergency Department or to an accepting facility.  Much as Karen posted.  :)

If it is a case of alcohol abuse or drunk and disoderly the police may transport straight to one of our detox facility.  If the person has a medical issue, they may bring the person to ER first and then transport to detox.

A medical reason made be a laceration or the person may need a blood alcohol drawn if they were driving a vehicle.

Hope this helps you.


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   Posted 6/14/2009 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
thx karen, have a good one, hugs jamie.

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   Posted 6/14/2009 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
thx kitt. good to get an understanding of effective principles in other countries. jamie

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   Posted 6/15/2009 11:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Heeja Jamie,

Here in Holland, I believe the paramedics are the ones to take the patient inside an ambulance and drive him or her to the nearest hospital or facility for further evaluation.

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   Posted 6/16/2009 6:01 AM (GMT -6)   
thx 4 the info on holland, jamie. one country i would definately luv to visit oneday. jamie
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