Governor Newsom should sign the CRISES Act into law this week and invest in community partners who support people in crisis situations.
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California is facing yet another example of why police should not be the first responders for mental health and social services calls, which are among the most common reasons people call 911. Kurt Andras Reinhold, a 42-year-old Black man, was shot dead last Wednesday by two deputies from Orange County Sheriff’s Homeless Outreach Team. Mr. Reinhold did not need an officer; he needed a home.