Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Utility shutoffs; Crisis intervention teamsTags: COVID-19. Gender. Mental health. Public policy.
[I would like to be remembered as] someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability. And to help repair tears in her society, to make things a little better through the use of whatever ability she has.
Early in the pandemic, some thirty-two states passed local moratoriums preventing private utility companies from shutting off basic services like gas, electricity, and water. Many of these are set to expire soon or have expired already, potentially leaving millions of already vulnerable Americans without power.
No to handcuffs and hoods. Yes to calm talk and careful deescalation. […] Woefully inadequate mental health services across the country means police are usually the first to respond to someone in a mental health and/or substance abuse crisis.