The Department of Justice announces an investigation into the treatment of mentally ill adults in Oklahoma

Achievement of civil rights in the treatment of the mentally ill by a state Oklahoma, Oklahoma City On Thursday, the US Department of Justice announced the Oklahoma City police.

“We will determine whether the state discriminates against mentally ill adults in Oklahoma County,” where Oklahoma City is located, in violation of federal law “by relying on institutional settings to serve adults when they can be served in the community,” Assistant Attorney Christine Clark said.

Clark with Civil Rights Division of the Ministry of JusticeHe said the Oklahoma investigation comes amid similar investigations involving Minneapolis. Phoenix. Louisville, Kentucky; and the states of Kentucky, Missouri, and South Carolina.

The investigations are part of efforts by the Division of Civil Rights to more forcefully enforce a 1999 US Supreme Court ruling aimed at ensuring that people with disabilities are not unnecessarily isolated while receiving government assistance.

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The agency launched the initiative under the Obama administration and the Department of Justice, headed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, has pledged to prioritize civil rights issues to ensure equal access and justice under the law.

In addition to sweeping probes From police practice in many major cities, the department is examining prison conditions in several states and has been looking at conditions in mental health facilities.

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the treatment of mentally ill adults in Oklahoma.

The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the treatment of mentally ill adults in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma will “cooperate fully with the Department of Justice’s investigation,” according to a statement from Kate Vesper, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kevin State.

Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gurley said in a statement that the department learned Thursday morning of an investigation into the department’s response to calls involving people with mental illness or behavioral problems.

“We intend to collaborate with the USDOJ and look forward to working with them toward the goal of providing the most secure and efficient way to respond to these types of calls,” said Gourley.

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An Oklahoma City spokesperson said a statement would be issued later Thursday.

A senior Justice Department official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the investigation was prompted by complaints from a Mental health advocacy organization but did not specify the organization.

Two of the state’s largest mental health advocacy organizations, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Mental Health Providers Alliance, did not immediately return calls for comment.

The official said the investigation is not targeting the troubled Oklahoma County Jail or the deadly police shootings in the city, but both could be implicated if violations of the rights of people with mental illnesses are found.

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“We will look into police encounters with people with mental health issues, if they are fatal shooting by the police Among those encounters, the official said, they will be investigated, “as well as treating mentally ill prison inmates.

“The investigation will examine whether Oklahoma is failing to provide community mental health services,” which includes treatment, housing and employment, Clark said.

Investigators will also look into the city’s response to 911 calls involving adults with mental disabilities and whether police are complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to Clark.

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