Sgt. Bob McCord and Sgt. Patrick Doyle - LCPD Crisis Intervention Team Leaders
Paul Ford - Las Cruces Fire Department Mobile Integrated Healthcare Coordinator
Facing a mental health crisis of apparently epidemic proportions, our first responder guests share some of their own experiences and perspectives. The conversation explores the devastating impacts of increasing mental illness in our society and how in collaboration with mental health professionals, we're addressing it locally. The conversation touches on access to resources for those suffering from mental illness, trauma, policies, programs, staffing, drug addiction, crime, violence, suicide, dementia, Alzheimer's and more. This conversation is a peek into the challenges our Fire and Police personnel face each and every day. As all of us, including our first responders, increasingly suffer the impacts of this epidemic rippling through our schools, our families, and our public health and safety systems, this is a crisis we ignore at our own peril.