TEXAS NEWLY SIGNED SANDRA BLAND ACT SETS EXAMPLE FOR NATION

ANOTHER PROGRAM IN NORTH TEXAS FOCUSES ON WELLNESS CHECKS, WITH TRAINED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS RIDING WITH COPS.

NO LONGER WILL TEXAS JAILS SERVE AS INEFFECTIVE WAREHOUSES FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS.

Nick Selby is a Dallas-area police detective, and was lead author of In Context: Understanding Police Killings of Unarmed Civilians . Colt Remington is a certified Texas Mental Health Peace Officer.
Americans tend to think of mental health as an issue at the margins of society.
Another program in North Texas focuses on wellness checks, with trained mental health professionals riding with cops.

On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the state's Sandra Bland Act, named after the black woman who was found dead in a Waller County jail cell, into law. Bland's case was a controversial one. In 2015, she was pulled...

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